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Tales and Novels of J. de La Fontaine — Volume 12 by Jean de La Fontaine
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THE TALES AND NOVELS
OF
J. DE LA FONTAINE



Volume 12.

Contains:
The Monks of Catalonia
The Cradle



THE MONKS OF CATALONIA


TO you, my friends, allow me to detail,
The feats of monks in Catalonia's vale,
Where oft the holy fathers pow'rs displayed,
And showed such charity to wife and maid,
That o'er their minds sweet fascination reigned,
And made them think, they Paradise had gained.

SUCH characters oft preciously advise,
And youthful easy female minds surprise,
The beauteous FAIR encircle with their net,
And, of the feeling heart, possession get:
Work in the holy vineyard, you may guess,
And, as our tale will show, with full success.