Tales and novels of Jean de La Fontaine

The Glutton

A STURGEON, once, a glutton famed was led

To have for supper — all, except the head.

With wond’rous glee he feasted on the fish;

And quickly swallowed down the royal dish.

O’ercharged, howe’er, his stomach soon gave way;

And doctors were required without delay.

THE danger imminent, his friends desired

He’d settle ev’ry thing affairs required.

Said he, in that respect I’m quite prepared;

And, since my time so little is declared,

With diligence, I earnestly request,

The sturgeon’s head you’ll get me nicely dressed.

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