Le Loup et l'Agneau / The Wolf and the Lamb

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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Le Loup et l'Agneau

La raison du blus fort est toujours la meilleure:
Nous l'allons montrer tout à l'heure.
Un agneau se désaltérait
Dans le courant d'une onde pure.
Un loup survint à jeun, qui cherchait aventure.
Et que la faim en ces lieux attirait.
"Qui te rend si hardi de troubler mon brewage?
Dit cet animal blein de rage:
Tu seras châtié de ta témérité.
- Sire, répond l'agneau, que Votre Majesté Ne se mette pas en colère;
Mais plutôt qu'elle considère Que je me vas désaltérant
Dans le courant.
Plus de vingt pas au-dessous d'Elle;
Et que, par conséquent, en aucune façon, Je ne puis troubler sa boisson.
- Tu la troubles! reprit cette bête cruelle;
Et je sais que de moi tu médis l'an passé.
- Comment l'aurais-je fait si je n'étais pas né?
Reprit l'agneau; je tette encor ma mère.
- Si ce n'est toi, c'est donc ton frère.
- Je n'en ai point. - C'est donc quelqu'un des tiens;
Car vous ne m'épargnez guère, Vous, vos bergers, et vos chiens.
On me l'a dit: il faut que je me venge."
Là-dessus, au fond des forêts
Le loup l'emporte, et puis le mange, Sans autre forme de procès.

The Wolf and the Lamb

The reasoning of the strongest has such weight,
None can gainsay it, or dare prate, No more than one would question Fate.
A Lamb ber thirst was very calmly slaking,
At the pure current of a woodland rill;
A grisly Wolf, by hunger urged, came making
A tour in search of living things to kill.
"How dare you spoil my drink" he fiercely cried;
There was grim fury in his very tone;
'I'll teach you to let beasts like me alone."
"Let not your Majesty feel wrath," replied
The Lamb, "nor be unjust to me, from passion;
I cannot. Sire, disturb in any fashion
The stream which now your Royal Highness faces,
I'm lower down by at least twenty paces".
"You spoil it!" roared the Wolf; "and more, I know,
You slandered me but half a year ago."
"How could I do so, when I scarce was born?"
The Lamb replied; T was a suckling then."
"Then 'twas your brother held me up to scorn."
"I have no brother.» "Well, tis all the same;
At least 'twas some poor fool that bears your name.
You and your dogs, both great and small,
Your sheep and shepherds. one and all.
Slander me, if men say but true,
And I'll revenge myself on vou."
Thus saying, he bore off the Lamb
Deep in the wood, far from its dam.
And there, not waiting judge nor jury,
Fell to, and ate him in his fury.

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