Ęsop's fables, illustr. by E. Griset. With text based chiefly upon Croxall, La Fontaine, and L'Estrange
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Ęsop animal answered appear asked BEAR beasts become began better bird brought called carried caught cause Cock coming companion creature cried CROW dear death Eagle ears entered eyes fall father fear fell fellow fish forest FROG garden gave give Gnat Goat Goose ground half hand happened hard Hare head hear Horse Jupiter keep killed kind King laid leave Lion live looked manner master means Mice mother Mouse nature neighbouring never night observed once pain passed piece poor pray reason replied rest river Sheep SHEPHERD side soon Stag stream sure tail taken tell thing thou thought told took TRAVELLERS tree turn wish Wolf wood young
Page 234 - of tender age, In this important care engage ? Older and abler passed you by ; How strong are those, how weak am I ! Should I presume to bear you hence, Those friends of mine may take offence. Excuse me, then. You know my heart ; But dearest friends, alas ! must part. How shall we all lament ! Adieu ! For, see, the hounds are just in view !
Page 230 - FRIENDSHIP, like love, is but a name, Unless to one you stint the flame. The child, whom many fathers share, Hath seldom known a father's care. 'Tis thus in friendships ; who depend On many, rarely find a friend. A Hare, who in a civil way, Complied with ev'ry thing, like GAY, Was known by all the bestial train, Who haunt the wood, or graze the plain.
Page 230 - And from the deep-mouth'd thunder flies : She starts, she stops, she pants for breath ; She hears the near advance of death ; She doubles to mislead the hound, And measures back her mazy round, Till, fainting in the public way, Half-dead with fear she gasping lay.
Page 360 - And, to the murmurs of the train, Thus spoke the Nestor of the plain. ' When I had health and strength like you The toils of servitude I knew ; Now grateful man rewards my pains, -And gives me all these wide domains. At will I crop the year's increase ; My latter life is rest and peace. I grant, to man we lend our pains, And aid him to correct the plains...
Page 359 - Shall then our nobler jaws submit To foam and champ the galling bit? Shall haughty man my back bestride ? Shall the sharp spur provoke my side ? Forbid it Heavens ! Reject the rein ; Your shame, your infamy, disdain.
Page ix - Indeed, you are a very fine thing; but I know not any business you have here. I make no scruple of declaring that my taste lies quite another way ; and I had rather have one grain of dear delicious barley, than all the jewels under the sun.
Page 326 - 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." " Indeed ! " says the lawyer ; " that alters the case : I must inquire into the affair ; and if " " And IF ! " said the farmer — "the business, I find, would have been concluded without an IF, had you been as ready to do justice to others as to exact it from them.
Page 238 - Boldly to ev'ry thing pretend, And men your talents shall commend. I knew the Great. Observe me right; So shall you grow like man polite.
Page 235 - Just as she spoke, a Pigmy Sprite Pops through the key-hole, swift as light ; Perch'd on the cradle's top he stands, And thus her folly reprimands : Whence sprung the vain conceited lie, That we the world with fools supply ? What ! give our sprightly race away, For the dull helpless sons of clay ! Besides, by partial fondness shown, Like you we doat upon our own.
Page 246 - I'd pawn my word, A Goose would be the finer bird. Nature, to hide her own defects, Her bungled work with finery decks : Were Geese set off with half that show, Would men admire the peacock ? No.