The Earthen Pot and the Iron Pot

La Fontaine January 17, 2015
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    An iron pot proposed
    To an earthen pot a journey.
    The latter was opposed,
    Expressing the concern he
    Had felt about the danger
    Of going out a ranger.
    He thought the kitchen hearth
    The safest place on earth
    For one so very brittle.
    “For thee, who art a kettle,
    And hast a tougher skin,
    There’s nought to keep thee in.”
    “I’ll be thy body-guard,”
    Replied the iron pot;
    “If anything that’s hard
    Should threaten thee a jot,
    Between you I will go,
    And save thee from the blow.”
    This offer him persuaded.
    The iron pot paraded
    Himself as guard and guide
    Close at his cousin’s side.
    Now, in their tripod way,
    They hobble as they may;
    And eke together bolt
    At every little jolt,—
    Which gives the crockery pain;
    But presently his comrade hits
    So hard, he dashes him to bits,
    Before he can complain.
    Take care that you associate
    With equals only, lest your fate
    Between these pots should find its mate.

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