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The Eagle and the Magpie

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The Eagle and the Magpie

by Jean de La Fontaine

Genre: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Young Audiences
Setting: Fantasy
Format of Original Source: Fable
Recommended Adaptation Length: 10 Minutes

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed

EXCERPT:

The eagle, through the air a queen,
And one far different, I ween,
In temper, language, thought, and mien,–
The magpie,–once a prairie cross’d.
The by-path where they met was drear,
And Madge gave up herself for lost;
But having dined on ample cheer,
The eagle bade her, “Never fear;
You’re welcome to my company;
For if the king of gods can be
Full oft in need of recreation,–
Who rules the world,–right well may I,
Who serve him in that high relation:
Amuse me, then, before you fly.



COMMENTS:

The translation is in verse; a head-start on lyrics.


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