La Grenouille qui Veut se Faire aussi Grosse que le Bœuf / The Frog that Wished to Make Herself as Big as the Ox

oil on canvas
81 x 100 cm
signed and dated 'W Aractingii 89' (lower right)


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Beirut, Lebanon

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La Grenouille qui se Veut Faire aussi Grosse que le Bœuf

Une grenouille vit un boeuf Qui lui sembla de belle taille.
Elle, qui n'était pas grosse en tout comme un œuf, Envieuse, sétend. et s'enfle, et se travaille.
Pour égaler l'animal en grosseur, Disant: « Regardez bien, ma sœur,
Est-ce assez? dites-moi; n'y suis-je point encore?
- Nenni. - M'v voici donc? - Point du tout. - M'y voilà?
- Vous n'en approchez point. » La chétive pécore
S'enfla si bien qu'elle creva.
Le monde est plein de gens qui ne sont pas plus sages;
Tout bourgeois veut bâtir comme les grands seigneurs;
Tout petit prince a des ambassadeurs;
Tout marquis veut avoir des pages.

The Frog that Wished to Make Herself as Big as the Ox

A Frog, no bigger than a pullet's egg,
A fat Ox feeding in a meadow spied.
The envious little creature blew and swelled;
In vain to reach the big bull's bulk she tried.
"Sister, now look! observe me close!» she cried.
"Is this enough?" - "No!" "Tell me! now then see!"
"No, no!" "Well, now I'm quite as big as he?"
"You're scarcely bigger than you were at first!"
One more tremendous puff - she grew so large - she burst.
The whole world swarms with beoble not more wise:
The tradesman's villa with the palace vies.
Ambassadors your poorest Princelings send,
And every Count has pages without end.

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