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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Courtiers
By Jean Pierre Claris de Florian (1755–1794)
 
Translation of Thomas Walsh

A PERSIAN king went out one day
To hunt with all his courtiers gay;
And growing thirsty, looked around
To see could any spring be found.
In vain; but near, an orchard stood        5
With ripened fruits in multitude.
“Now Lord forbid,” exclaimed the King,
“That I should take a single thing;
For if my courtiers see me do’t,
It means good-by to all the fruit.”        10
 
 
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