The Doctors by Jean de La Fontaine Fables By Jean de La Fontaine’s Fables

The selfsame patient put to test
Two doctors, Fear-the-worst and Hope-the-best.
The latter hoped; the former did maintain
The man would take all medicine in vain.
By different cures the patient was beset,
But erelong cancelled nature’s debt,
While nursed
As was prescribed by Fear-the-worst.
But over the disease both triumphed still.
Said one, “I well foresaw his death.”
“Yes,” said the other, “but my pill
Would certainly have saved his breath.”


The Doctors – Jean de La Fontaine Fables – Book 5

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