The Rat and the Elephantby Jean de La Fontaine
Genre: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Young Audiences
Format of Original Source: Fable
Recommended Adaptation Length: 10 Minutes
Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed
A rat, of quite the smallest size,
Fix’d on an elephant his eyes,
And jeer’d the beast of high descent
Because his feet so slowly went.
Upon his back, three stories high,
There sat, beneath a canopy,
A certain sultan of renown,
His dog, and cat, and wife sublime,
His parrot, servant, and his wine,
All pilgrims to a distant town.
The translation is in verse; a head-start on lyrics.
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