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"The Wolf and the Sow"

Marie de France (trans. Harriet Spiegel. Fables Marie de France. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1987).

Once long ago a wolf strolled down

A path and chance to come upon

A sow who was with piglets big.

He hastily approached the pig.

He'd give her peace, he told the sow,

If quickly she'd bear piglets now -

Her piglet babes he wished to have.

With wisdom, this response she gave:

"My lord, who can you hurry me?

When you, so close to me I see,

I cannot bear my young outright;

I'm so ashamed when in your sight.

Do you not sense the implication?

All women suffer degradation

If male hands should dare to touch

At such a time, or even approach!"

With this the wolf hid in retreat

Who'd sought the baby pigs to eat.

The mother pig could now proceed

Who through her cleverness was freed.

All women ought to hear this tale

And should remember it as well:

Merely to avoid a lie,

They should not let their children die!

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