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    The Falcon by Jean de La Fontaine

      I RECOLLECT, that lately much I blamed, The sort of lover, avaricious named; And if in opposites we reason see, The liberal in paradise should be. The rule is just and, with the warmest zeal, To prove the fact I to the CHURCH appeal. IN Florence once there dwelled a gentle youth, Who loved a certain beauteous belle with truth; O’er all his actions she had full control;– To please he would have sold his very soul. If she amusements wished, he’d lavish gold, Convinced in love or war you should be bold; The cash ne’er spare:–invincible its pow’rs, O’erturning walls or doors where’er it show’rs. The precious ore can every thing o’ercome; ‘Twill silence barking curs: make servants dumb; And these can render eloquent at will:– Excel e’en Tully in persuasive skill; In short he’d leave no quarter unsubdued, Unless therein the fair he could include. SHE stood th’ attack howe’er, and Frederick failed; His force was vain…

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    The Dresser by Jean de La Fontaine

      A CLOISTERED nun had a lover Dwelling in the neighb’ring town; Both racked their brains to discover How they best their love might crown. The swain to pass the convent-door!– No easy matter!–Thus they swore, And wished it light.–I ne’er knew a nun In such a pass to be outdone:– In woman’s clothes the youth must dress, And gain admission. I confess The ruse has oft been tried before, But it succeeded as of yore. Together in a close barred cell The lovers were, and sewed all day, Nor heeded how time flew away.– “What’s that I hear? Refection bell! “‘Tis time to part. Adieu!–Farewell!– “How’s this?” exclaimed the abbess, “why “The last at table?”–“Madam, I “Have had my dress-maker.”–“The rent “On which you’ve both been so intent “Is hard to stop, for the whole day “To sew and mend, you made her stay; “Much work indeed you’ve had to do! “–Madam, ‘t would last the whole night through,…