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THE FOX AND THE GRAPES. Jean de La Fontaine

A Certain hungry Fox, of Gascon breed
(Or Norman—but the difference is small),
Discovered, looking very ripe indeed,
Some Grapes that hung upon an orchard-wall.
Striving to clamber up and seize the prey,
He found the fruit was not within his power;
"Well, well," he muttered, as he walked away,
"It′s my conviction that those Grapes are sour."

The Fox did wisely to accept his lot;
′Twas better than complaining, was it not?


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