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The Fox and the Grapes

(Recueil 1, Livre 3, Fable 11)



A fox, almost with hunger dying,

Some grapes on a trellis spying,

To all appearance ripe, clad in

Their tempting russet skin,

Most gladly would have eat them;

But since he could not get them,

So far above his reach the vine

"They're sour," he said; "such grapes as these,

The dogs may eat them if they please!"

Did he not better than to whine?

Jean de La Fontaine

Book 3, Fable 11



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