Multilingual Folk Tale Database


Le Corbeau et le Renard (Jean de La Fontaine)

The Crow and the Fox Eùl carbô èt l’ èrnârd
The World’s Wit and Humor unknown author
English Picard

Master Crow perched on a tree,
Was holding a cheese in his beak.
Master Fox attracted by the smell
Said something like this:
"Well, Hello Mister Crow!
How beautiful you are! how nice you seem to me!
Really, if your voice
Is like your plumage,
You are the phoenix of all the inhabitants of these woods."
At these words, the Crow is overjoyed.
And in order to show off his beautiful voice,
He opens his beak wide, lets his prey fall
The Fox grabs it, and says: "My good man,
Learn that every flatterer
Lives at the expense of the one who listens to him.
This lesson, without doubt, is well worth a cheese."
The Crow, ashamed and embarrassed,
Swore, but a little late, that he would not be taken again.

Eùl méte carbô, su in-n-arbe bieu pèrcheu
Tënwat dés s’ gros bèc in froumâje.
Eùl méte èrnârd, pa ç’ flér-là ratireu,
Ii a t’nu quasi té ramiâje :
" Éh, bonjoû, Mossieu du Carbô.
Quô ç’ quë vos ètes joli ! Èt qu’ vos m’ aveuz l’ ér biô !
Sans minti, sèz, si vo parlâje
Eùt à l’ av’nant dë vo pleumâje,
Vos ètes eùl fin pus biô dès ciuns qui vit’të chi. "
Vlà no carbô binése come on n’ d’ a gneu l’ idée;
Pou moutreu s’ vwa, sans fé d’ chichi
Il oûve eùs bèc tout grand, èt lèye kè.i s’ vanée.
L’ èrnârd, bieu seûr, eùl prét èt dit : " Eùm bon mossieu,
Apèrdeuz qu’ in-n-avissieû
Vit toudis su l’ conte du ciun qui l’ acoute.
Poûr mi, l’ lëçon vôt bieu in froumâje, j’ n ‘ é gneu d’ doute. "
Eùl carbô, onteûs, mô contét,
A jureu n’ mîlète târd qu’ on l’ ârwat pus jamés.



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