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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906.

Alexis Piron (1689–1773)

Lines on the French Academy

THE FACT is, in France they’ve an excellent plan

The authors who pen pond’rous writings to cure.

An “Academy” welcomes the tedious man,

And there he does nothing but doze fast and sure:

For to genius the sleep of that place is as dead

As to love is the sleep of the conjugal bed.