Select Fables of Æsop and Other Fabulists: In Three Books by R. Dodsley

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H. Mozley, Gainsborough, 1800 - Conduct of life - 228 pages
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Page 4 - Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow : and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.
Page 173 - THE BOY AND THE BUTTERFLY. A BOY, greatly smitten with the colours of a butterfly, pursued it from flower to flower with indefatigable pains. First he aimed to surprise it among the leaves of a rose ; then to cover it with his hat, as it was feeding on a daisy...
Page 141 - ... danger, flew off to fruits and flowers ; where, by the moderation of his meals, he improved his relish for the true enjoyment of them. In the evening, however, he...
Page 46 - Prepossessed, however, in favour of the Mountebank, they came rather to laugh at the Countryman than to pass a fair judgment on him. They both came out upon the stage. The Mountebank grunts away first, and calls forth the greatest clapping and applause. Then the Countryman, pretending that he concealed a little pig under his garments (and he had, in fact, really got one) pinched its ear till he made it squeak. The people cried out that the Mountebank had imitated the pig much more naturally, and...
Page 13 - I am very glad, said she, smiling, that you seem to have so good an appetite ; I hope you will make as hearty a dinner at my table, as I did, the other day, at yours.
Page 107 - I am frightened almost to death ! I have seen the most extraordinary creature that ever was. He has a fierce, angry look, and struts about upon two legs ; a strange piece of flesh grows on his head, and another under his throat, as red as blood : he flapped his arms against his sides, as if he intended to rise into the air ; and...
Page xlvii - There fell out a bloody quarrel once betwixt the Frogs and the Mice, about the sovereignty of the Fenns ; and whilst two of their champions were disputing it at swords point, down comes a kite powdering upon them in the interim, and gobbles up both together, to part the fray.
Page 76 - at the rate you move, you will probably be dried up before you advance much farther ; whereas, for...
Page 188 - Never, said she, my child, be too precipitate, where there is a possibility of danger. Take due time to consider, before you risk an action that may be fatal. How know you whether yon appearance be indeed a fly, or the snare of an enemy ? Let some one else make the experiment before you. If it be a fly, he very...
Page 132 - I beseech you, friends,' replied the monkey ; ' we owe justice to ourselves as well as to you ; what remains is due to me in right of my office.

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