A Monseigneur le Dauphin

Jean de La Fontaine 1621 (Château-Thierry) – 1695 (Paris)

Je chante les Héros dont Esope est le Père,
Troupe de qui l'Histoire, encor que mensongère,
Contient des vérités qui servent de leçons.
Tout parle en mon Ouvrage, et même les Poissons :
Ce qu'ils disent s'adresse à tous tant que nous sommes.
Je me sers d'Animaux pour instruire les Hommes.
Illustre rejeton d'un Prince aimé des cieux,
Sur qui le monde entier a maintenant les yeux,
Et qui, faisant fléchir les plus superbes Têtes,
Comptera désormais ses jours par ses conquêtes,
Quelque autre te dira d'une plus forte voix
Les faits de tes Aïeux et les vertus des Rois.
Je vais t'entretenir de moindres Aventures,
Te tracer en ces vers de légères peintures.
Et, si de t'agréer je n'emporte le prix,
J'aurai du moins l'honneur de l'avoir entrepris.
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Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine, (8 July 1621 – 13 April 1695) was a famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French regional languages. After a long period of royal suspicion, he was at last admitted to the French Academy and his reputation in France has never faded since. Evidence of this is found in the many pictures and statues of the writer, as well as later depictions on medals, coins and postage stamps. more…

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