- The Faithless Depositary
- The Two Doves
- The Monkey and the Leopard
- The Acorn and the Pumpkin
- The Schoolboy, the Pedant, and the Owner Of A Garden
- The Sculptor and the Statue Of Jupiter
- The Mouse Changed into a Maid
- The Fool who Sold Wisdom
- The Oyster and the Litigants
- The Wolf and the Lean Dog
- The Wax-Candle
- Jupiter and the Passenger
- The Cat and the Fox
- The Husband, the Wife, and the Thief
- Nothing too Much
- The Treasure and the Two Men
- The Monkey and the Cat
- The Kite and the Nightingale
- The Shepherd and his Flock
A noted thief, the kite,
Had set a neighbourhood in fright,
And raised the clamorous noise
Of all the village boys,
When, by misfortune, sad to say,
A nightingale fell in his way.
Spring’s herald begged him not to eat
A bird for music not for meat.
“O spare!” cried she, “and I’ll relate
“The crime of Tereus and his fate.”
“What’s Tereus? Is it food for kites?”
“No, but a king, of female rights
The villain spoiler, whom I taught
A lesson with repentance fraught;
And, should it please you not to kill,
My song about his fall
Your very heart shall thrill,
As it, indeed, does all.”
Replied the kite, a “pretty thing!
When I am faint and famishing,
To let you go, and hear you sing?”
“Ah, but I entertain the king!”
“Well, when he takes you, let him hear
Your tale, full wonderful, no doubt;
For me, a kite, I’ll go without.”
An empty stomach has no ear.
A certain mountain bear, unlicked and rude,By fate confined within a lonely wood,A new ...
The Kite and the Nightingale by Jean de La Fontaine’s Fables in Book 9
Disclaimer: All the stories, poems and images used on this website, unless otherwise noted are assumed to be in the public domain. If you feel your image or story or poem should not be here, please email us to [email protected] and it will be promptly removed.
Note: We do not use any of our content for commercial purpose.