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FABLE XXVI. The Fox that had loft his Tail.
It is common for men to wish others reduced to their own
level; and we ought to guard against fuch advice as
may proceed from this principle.

FABLE XXVII. The Nobleman and his Son.
The means fuggefted by fuperftition to fecure us from mis-
fortune, often bring it upon our heads.

FABLE XXVIII. Jupiter and the Herdsman.
Were our ill-judged prayers to be always granted, how
many would be ruined at their own request!
FABLE XXIX. The Eagle and the Owl.
The partiality of parents often makes themselves ridicu
lous, and their children unhappy.

FABLE XXX. The Plague among the Beasts.
The poor and helpless undergo those punishments for fmall
and trivial offences, which the rich and powerful
efcape for crimes of a much blacker nature.


The Cat, the Cock, and the young Mouse.
It is not fafe to trust to outward appearances.
FABLE XXXII. The Farmer and his Dog.
The greater room there appears for resentment, the more
careful should we be not to accufe an innocent perfan.
FABLE XXXIII. The Gnat and the Bee.
Men expoftulate to little purpofe, when their own cx-
ample confutes their argument.

FABLE XXXIV. The Owl and the Eagle.
Narrow minds think the fyftem of the universe should
have been contrived to fuit themselves alone.


The fick Lion, the Fox, and the Wolf.
Men who meditate mifchief, fuggeft the fame to others;
and generally pay dear for their forward gratifications.
FABLE XXXVI. The Blind Man and the Lame.
The wants and weaknesses of individuals form the con-
nexions of fociety.


The Lion, the Bear, the Monkey, and the Fox.
It is often more prudent to fupprefs our fentiments, than
either to flatter or to rail.

FABLE XXXVIII. 'The Owl and the Nightingale.
It is natural for a pedant to defpife thofe arts which


lifh our manners, and would extirpate pedantry.
FABLE XXXIX. The Ant and the Caterpillar.
Boys of no very promising appearance often become the
greatest men.

FABLE XL. The two Foxes.

We should ever guard against thofe vices, that are chiefly
incident to our times of life: excefs and riot, while we are
young; and egregious parfimony, as we grow in years.

FABLE XLI. The conceited Owl.
Schemes of ambition, without proper talents, always ter-
minate in difgrace.

FABLE XLII. The Fox and the Cat.
Perfons may write fine fyftems of morality, who never
practifed a fingle virtue.

FABLE XLIII. The two Herfes.

The object of our pride is often the cause of our misfortunes.
FABLE XLIV. The Dove and the Ant.
The most important actions are often performed by the
most unlikely inftruments.

FABLE XLV. The Parrot.

Gravity, though fometimes the mien of wisdom, is often
found to be the mask of ignorance.

FABLE XLVI. The Cat and the Bat.

It is easy to find reasons to justify any thing we are in-
clined to do.

FABLE XLVII. The two Lizards.
The Superior fafety of an obfcure and humble ftation, is
a balance for the honours of high and envied life.
FABLE XLVIII. Jupiter's Lottery.
Folly, paffing with men for w fdom, makes each contented
with his own fhare of understanding.

FABLE XLIX. The litigicus Cats.
The fcales of judicature are feldam poifed, till little or
nothing remains in either.

FABLE L. The two Dogs.

Our own moderation will not fecure us from disturbance,
if we connect ourselves with men of turbulent aud liti-
gious difpofitions.

FABLE LI. Death and Cupid.

The young should not act as though they were exempt
from Death; nor the old forget to guard against the
fooleries of Love.

FABLE LII. The Mocking-bird.
Ridicule appears with a very ill grace, in perfons who
poffefs no one talent befide.

FABLE LIII. The Spectacles.

Our opinions of things are altogether as various, as if
each faw them through a different medium; our at-
tachment to thefe opinions are as fixed and firm, as if
all faw them through the medium of truth.


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FABLE I. The Redbreaft and the Sparrow.
IMITATION may be pardonable, where Emulation
will be prefumptuous.

FABLE II. The two Bees.

Moderation and intemperance reward and punish them-

FABLE III. The Diamond and the Glow-worm.
Aftrong point of light is as favorable to merit, as it is
deftructive to impofture.

FABLE IV. The Ostrich and the Pelican.
The pleasures of parental fondness make large amends
for all its anxieties.

FABLE V. The Hounds in Couples.
Mutual compliances are necessary to matrimonial happi-

FABLE VI. The Mifer and the Magpie.
Men are feldom found to condemn themselves, otherwife
than by the cenfure they pass upon their own faults in
other people.

FABLE VII. The Senfitive Plant and the Thistle.
Both a mild difpofition, and a vindictive temper, gene-
rally meet with fuitable returns.

FABLE VIII. The Poet and the Deathwatch.

The fuggeftions of vanity are as delusive as those of fu-

FABLE IX. Pythagoras and the Critic.
To estimate the works of others by the fole ftandard of
our own conceptions, is always prefumptuous, and often

FABLE X. The Bear.

Religious opinions are by no means the proper objects of

FABLE XI. The Stork and the Crow.
We should never place the effence of religion in the mere
obfervance of rites and ceremonies.

FABLE XII. Echo and the Owl.
The vain believe their imaginary perfections engross the
attention of all mankind.

FABLE XIII. Prometheus.

The bleffing of hope is better adapted to the state of mor-
tals, than the gift of prescience.


It is hardly poffible to deprive malevolence of every occa-
fion for a cavil.

FABLE XV. The Butterfly, the Snail, and the Bee.
Fops may boast of their extenfive travels, but it is only a
few difcerning persons that make a proper use of them.
FABLE XVI. The Tuberofe and the Sunflower.
To reft in fecond caufes, without reference to the first, is
both impious and abfurd.

FABLE XVII. The Magpie and the Raven.
The Fop who prides himself upon a large acquaintance, is
but feldom capable of real friendship.

FABLE XVIII. The Diamond and the Loadstone.
The greatest merit is often concealed under the most un-
promifing appearances.

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