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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. X–XI: French
 
Lines on the French Academy
By Alexis Piron (1689–1773)
 
THE FACT is, in France they’ve an excellent plan
  The authors who pen pond’rous writings to cure.
An “Academy” welcomes the tedious man,
  And there he does nothing but doze fast and sure:
For to genius the sleep of that place is as dead        5
As to love is the sleep of the conjugal bed.
 
 
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