La Fontaine

Here you will find the Poem The Gascon of poet La Fontaine

The Gascon

I AM always inclined to suspect
 The best story under the sun
As soon as by chance I detect
 That teller and hero are one.

We're all of us prone to conceit,
 And like to proclaim our own glory,
But our purpose we're apt to defeat
 As actors in chief of our story.

To prove the truth of what I state
Let me an anecdote relate:
A Gascon with his comrade sat
At tavern drinking. This and that
 He vaunted with assertion pat.
 From gasconade to gasconade
 Passed to the conquests he had made
 In love. A buxom country maid,
Who served the wine, with due attention
Lent patient ear to each invention,
 And pressed her hands against her side
 Her bursting merriment to hide.
 To hear our Gascon talk, no Sue
 Nor Poll in town but that he knew;
 With each he'd passed a blissful night
 More to their own than his delight.
 This one he loved for she was fair,
 That for her glossy ebon hair.
One miss, to tame his cruel rigour,
Had brought him gifts.--She owned his vigour
 In short it wanted but his gaze
 To set each trembling heart ablaze.
 His strength surpassed his luck,--the test--
In one short night ten times he'd blessed
 A dame who gratefully expressed
 Her thanks with corresponding zest.
 At this the maid burst forth, "What more?
 "I never heard such lies before!
 "Content were I if at that sport
 "I had what that poor dame was short."