Select Fables of Esop and Other Fabulists: In Three Books

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J. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, 1781 - Authors, Greek - 228 pages
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Page 103 - And are you not afraid of trusting yourself to an element that has proved thus fatal to your family?" "Afraid? by no means ; why, we must all die : is not your father dead ?"
Page 104 - It is no more than justice, quoth the Farmer, to be sure; but what did I say ?— I mistake : it is your bull that has killed one of my oxen.
Page 136 - Therewith Geirmund went down clattering from the Hill and stood with his company. But a man came forth from the other side of the ring, and clomb the Hill: he was a red-haired man, rather big, clad in a skin coat, and bearing a bow in his hand and a quiver of arrows at his back, and a little axe hung by his side. He said: "I dwell in the House of the Hrossings of the Mid-mark, and I am now made a man of the kindred: howbeit I was not born into it; for I am the son of a fair and mighty woman of a...
Page 52 - 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 72 - Miller stood corrected, and immediately took his Son up behind him. And now the next man they met exclaimed with more vehemence and indignation than all the rest — Was there ever such a couple of lazy boobies ! to overload in so unconscionable a manner, a poor dumb creature, who is far less able to carry them than they are to carry him...
Page 12 - Stork found it consisted entirely of different soups, served up in broad shallow dishes, so that she could only dip in the end of her bill, but could not possibly satisfy her hunger. The Fox lapped it up very readily, and every now and then, addressing himself to his guest, desired to know how she liked her entertainment ; hoped that every thing was seasoned to her mind; and protested he was very sorry to see her eat so sparingly.
Page 82 - at the rate you move, you will probably be dried up before you advance much farther ; whereas, for...
Page 60 - Crow, who had built her nest in a cedar near the foot of the rock, observing what passed, was ambitious of performing the same exploit ; and darting from her nest, fixed her talons in the fleece of another lamb. But neither able to move her prey, nor to disentangle her feet, she was taken by the shepherd, and carried away for his children to play with ; who eagerly enquiring what bird it was : — An hour ago...
Page 194 - I cannot assist you in the present difficulty, yet give me leave to offer you some advice that may be of use to you for the future. A little prudence is worth all your courage : it may be glorious to overcome a great evil, but the wisest way is to prevent it. You despise the crocodile while he is small and weak, and do not...
Page 96 - to be severed from you, my associates, which Heaven forbid, you may find me kneeling in devotion before the tomb of Shakespeare, or wrapt in some grove where Milton talked with angels, or musing in the grotto where Pope caught inspiration.

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