Trente-six fables d'Ésope/L'aigle et le renard
|La fable d'Ésope||Le quatrain de Bensérade|
Compères et voisins assez mal assortis
À la tentation tous deux ils succombèrent,
Car l'aigle du renard enleva les petits,
Et le renard mangea les aiglons qui tombèrent.
La fontaine de Versailles
Un tronc d'arbre parfaitement bien imité
Ici, vous voyez le tronc d'un grand arbre,
Le texte d'origine en anglais
HERE you view the Body of a large Tree, as lively as imitation of Nature as art can possibly devise ; and thereupon is fixed a large Vase or Bason composed of brass, but elegantly guilt ; on the margin whereof divers EAGLES are ranged in a crcular form : – The FOX, whom they had robbed of his Cubs, is planted at the foot of the Tree, holding a well-lighted torch in his mouth, menacing, in revenge, to burn down their House directly, in case they made not immediate restitution. And from the center of the Vase above, arises a large stream of water, resembling a flame, as if he had carried his rage and resentment into actual execution.