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Jean de La Fontaine’s Fables
Jean de La Fontaine (8 July 1621 – 13 April 1695) was the most famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French regional languages.
By voyages in air, With constant thought and care, Much knowledge had a swallow gained, Which she for public use retained, The slightest storms she well foreknew, And told the sailors before they blew.