The Old Man and the Three Youngsters
When men are wise, and toil to give
some pleasant thing to others, will you say
that they should not? This work I do today
gives me enjoyment also. If I live,
it will again tomorrow, and, maybe,
for some time longer still. The morning light
might even shine some few days more for me
across your graves.
From Jean de la Fontaine’s Selected Fables, translated by Christopher Betts. Listen to fables read aloud.
Image from Jean de la Fontaine’s Selected Fables. Used with permission.