Le Corbeau et Le Renard

Image Courtesy of Cooldot over at DeviantArt

Image Courtesy of Cooldot over at DeviantArt

Today in French we discussed a charming little French fable called ‘Le Corbeau et Le Renard’, or ‘The Crow and The Fox’. Have a read for yourself after the jump (complete with translation).

Maître Corbeau, sur un arbre perché,
Tenait en son bec un fromage.
Maître Renard, par l’odeur alléché,
Lui tint à peu près ce langage :
Et bonjour, Monsieur du Corbeau,
Que vous êtes joli ! que vous me semblez beau !
Sans mentir, si votre ramage
Se rapporte à votre plumage,
Vous êtes le Phénix des hôtes de ces bois.
À ces mots le Corbeau ne se sent pas de joie,
Et pour montrer sa belle voix,
Il ouvre un large bec, laisse tomber sa proie.
Le Renard s’en saisit, et dit : Mon bon Monsieur,
Apprenez que tout flatteur
Vit aux dépens de celui qui l’écoute.
Cette leçon vaut bien un fromage sans doute.
Le Corbeau honteux et confus
Jura, mais un peu tard, qu’on ne l’y prendrait plus.

English:
Master Crow, who was perched on a tree,
Held in his beak a piece of cheese.
Master Fox, attracted by the smell,
Said to the crow some words:
‘And hello, Mister Crow,
How pretty you are! How beautiful you seem to me!
Without lies, if your caw
Matches your plumage,
You are the Phoenix of the guests of these woods.’
At these words the Crow was not happy,
To show his beautiful voice,
He opened his big beak, letting go his prey.
The Fox seized it and said: ‘My good Mister,
Learn that all flattery
Depends on those who listen.
This lesson is worth a piece of cheese without doubt.’
The Crow was ashamed and confused
He swore, but a little late, that it wouldn’t happen anymore.

C’est tout!
À bientôt!

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