Tales and novels of Jean de La Fontaine

The Two Friends

AXIOCHUS, a handsome youth of old,

And Alcibiades, (both gay and bold,)

So well agreed, they kept a beauteous belle,

With whom by turns they equally would dwell.

IT happened, one of them so nicely played,

The fav’rite lass produced a little maid,

Which both extolled, and each his own believed,

Though doubtless one or t’other was deceived.

BUT when to riper years the bantling grew,

And sought her mother’s foot-steps to pursue,

Each friend desired to be her chosen swain,

And neither would a parent’s name retain.

SAID one, why brother, she’s your very shade;

The features are the same-:-your looks pervade.

Oh no, the other cried, it cannot be

Her chin, mouth, nose, and eyes, with your’s agree;

But that as ’twill, let me her favours win,

And for the pleasure I will risk the sin.

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