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The Dog That Dropped The Substance For The Shadow

(Recueil 1, Livre 6, Fable 17)



This world is full of shadow-chasers,

Most easily deceived.

Should I enumerate these racers,

I should not be believed.

I send them all to Aesop's dog,

Which, crossing water on a log,

Espied the meat he bore, below;

To seize its image, let it go;

Plunged in; to reach the shore was glad,

With neither what he hoped, nor what he'd had.

Jean de La Fontaine

Book 6, Fable 17



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