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The Doctors

(Recueil 1, Livre 5, Fable 12)



The selfsame patient put to test

Two doctors, Fear-the-worst and Hope-the-best.

The latter hoped; the former did maintain

The man would take all medicine in vain.

By different cures the patient was beset,

But erelong cancelled nature's debt,

While nursed

As was prescribed by Fear-the-worst.

But over the disease both triumphed still.

Said one, "I well foresaw his death."

"Yes," said the other, "but my pill

Would certainly have saved his breath."

Jean de La Fontaine

Book 5, Fable 12



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