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The Mountain In Labour

(Recueil 1, Livre 5, Fable 10)



A mountain was in travail pang;

The country with her clamour rang.

Out ran the people all, to see,

Supposing that the birth would be

A city, or at least a house.

It was a mouse!

In thinking of this fable,

Of story feigned and false,

But meaning veritable,

My mind the image calls

Of one who writes, "The war I sing

Which Titans waged against the Thunder-king."

As on the sounding verses ring,

What will be brought to birth?

Why, dearth.

Jean de La Fontaine

Book 5, Fable 10



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