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Le Lion et le Rat

Hope I got them right - I don't have my French book with me :-S Sorry it's a bit late, hope it's still useful. Probably tick all of the ignore options, I don't think typing punctuation matters :D
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Il faut, autant qu'on peut, obliger tout le monde:
One should, as much as one can, be kind to others:
On a souvent besoin d'un plus petit que soi
One often needs someone smaller than oneself
De cette verite deux fables feront foi,
Of this truth two fables bear witness,
Tant la chose en preuves abonde
As evidence abounds of this truth
Entre les pattes d'un Lion
Under the paws of a lion
Un Rat sortit de terre assez a l'etourdie.
A rat jumped out of the ground quite carelessly.
Le Roi des animaux en cette occasion
The king of the animals, on this occasion
Montra ce qu'il etait, et lui donna la vie
Showed who he was, and spared the rat his life
Ce bienfait ne fut pas perdu
This benefit was not lost
Quelqu'un aurait-il jamais cru
Would anyone have ever thought
Qu'un lion d'un Rat eut affaire?
That a lion would spare a rat?
Cependent il advint qu'au sortir des forets
As the lion was leaving the woods
Ce Lion fut pris dans de rets,
The lion was caught in nets,
Dont ses rugissements ne le purent defaire
Which his roars could not undo
Sire Rat accourut, et fit tant par ses dents
Sir Rat ran to him, and with his teeth
Qu'une maille rongee emporta tout l'ouvrage
Gnawed all of the net's stitching
Patience et longuer de temps
Patience and time
Font plus que force ni que rage
Do more than force or anger