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THE MOUNTAIN IN LABOUR. Jean de La Fontaine

Mountain in labour announced the new birth
With clamour so loud that the people all thought
′Twould at least bear a city, the largest on earth.
It was merely a Mouse that the incident brought.

When I think of this fable, so false in its fact,
And so true in its moral, it brings to my mind
Those common-place authors who try to attract
Attention by means of the subjects they find.
"I will sing about Jove and the Titans," cries one;
But how often the song comes to nothing, when done!

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