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(Recueil 1, Livre 6, Fable 22)



Here check we our career:

Long books I greatly fear.

I would not quite exhaust my stuff;

The flower of subjects is enough.

To me, the time is come, it seems,

To draw my breath for other themes.

Love, tyrant of my life, commands

That other work be on my hands.

I dare not disobey.

Once more shall Psyche be my lay.

I'm called by Damon to portray

Her sorrows and her joys.

I yield: perhaps, while she employs,

My muse will catch a richer glow;

And well if this my laboured strain

Shall be the last and only pain

Her spouse shall cause me here below.

Jean de La Fontaine

Book 6, Fable 22



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