A Hundred fables of La Fontaine

The Ape.

There is an ape in Paris,
To which was given a wife:
Like many a one that marries,
This ape, in brutal strife,
Soon beat her out of life.
Their infant cries,–perhaps not fed,–
But cries, I ween, in vain;
The father laughs: his wife is dead,
And he has other loves again,
Which he will also beat, I think,–
Return’d from tavern drown’d in drink.

For aught that’s good, you need not look
Among the imitative tribe;
A monkey be it, or what makes a book–
The worse, I deem–the aping scribe.

The Ape