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FABLE XIX. The Boy and the Nettle.
There are certain persons who require to be treated rather
with fpirit and refolution, than either tenderness or

FABLE XX. The Monfter in the Sun.
The fault we many times impute to a character, is only
to be found in the mind of the obferver.

FABLE XXI. The difcontented Bee.

The pleasures of life would be a balance for the pains,
did we not increase the latter by our own perverfeness.
FABLE XXII. The Snipe Shooter.
We often miss our point by dividing our attention.
FABLE XXIII. The Beggar and his Dog.
It is mifery to depend upon patrons, whofe circumftances
make their charity neceffary at home.

FABLE XXIV. The Sun and the Vapour.
Truth, though vanished, returns again; flander is never
of a durable nature.

FABLE XXV. Love and Folly.

Folly has often too great an influence in the direction of

our amours.

FABLE XXVI. The Eclipfe.

The favours of the great are too often obftructed by the
invidious offices of their mean dependants.

FABLE XXVII. The Boy and the Butterfly.
An immoderate pursuit of pleasure is generally deftruc-
tive of its object.

FABLE XXVIII. The Toad and the Ephemeron.
A lazy reliance on the antiquity of a family, is by far lefs
honourable than an honest industry.

FABLE XXIX. The Peacock.

The parade and ceremony belonging to the great, are often
a restraint upon their freedom and activity.
FABLE XXX. The Fly in St. Paul's Cupola.
We should never estimate things beyond our reach, by
the narrow ftandard of our own capacities.

FABLE XXXI. The Elm-tree and the Vine.
People who pride themselves upon their independence,
often flight economy, the fole foundation of it.

FABLE XXXII, The Lauriftinus and the Rofe.
That friend is highly to be refpected at all times, whofe
friendship is chiefly distinguished in adverfity.


The Senfitive-plant and the Palm-tree.
An excess of delicacy is to be confidered rather as an in-
firmity than as a virtue.


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The Tentyrites and the Ichneumon.

e conquer many evils at firft with facility, which be-
ing long neglected become infurmountable.

FABLE XXXV. The Tulip and the Rofe.
External beauty will often captivate; but it is internal
merit that fecures the conqueft.

FABLE XXXVI. The Woodcock and the Mallard.
A voracious appetite and a fondness for dainties, equally
take off our attention from more material concerns.
FABLE XXXVII. The Trouts and the Gudgeon.
A person can hardly be deemed too cautious, where the
first mistake is irretrievable, or fatal.

FABLE XXXVIII. The Stars and the Skyrocket.
Pretenders to merit are always more vain than those
who really poffefs it.

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The Farmer and his three Enemies.

Humility extenuates any crime, of which hypocrify and
impudence are equal aggravations.

FABLE XL. The Snail and the Statue.
It is the fate of envy to attack thofe characters that are
fuperior to its malice.

FABLE XLI. The Waterfall.

A generous nature will find refources in economy, for the
occafional exertion of beneficence and hospitality.

FABLE XLII. The Oak and the Sycamore.
He who is puffed up with the leaft gale of profperity,
will as fuddenly fink beneath the blasts of misfortune.
FABLE XLIII. The Wolf and the Shepherd's Dog.
Common honefty is a better principle than what we often
compliment with the name of heroifm.

FABLE XLIV. The Mushroom and the Acorn.
The man who values himself too highly upon his birth,
has feldom much claim to any other merit.

FABLE XLV. Wisdom and Cunning.
Cunning feems to differ from wisdom, more in the end that
it proposes to itself, than in the means that it employs.
FABLE XLVI. The Toad and the Goldfish.
Beauty, joined with innocence, is univerfally respected;
malice, added to deformity, is univerfally abhorred.

FABLE XLVII. The Hermit.

The goodness of Providence, apparent in his works, is a
proper motive for our tranquillity amid every exertion
of his power.


The love of liberty, in well-conftituted minds, holds a place
little inferior to that of natural affection.

FABLE XLIX. The Nightingale and the Bullfinch.
Learning is undoubtedly of the utmost advantage to real
genius: yet, when put in competition, the funds of the
one are limited, and of the other inexhaustible.
FABLE L. The Fighting Cocks and the Turkey.
Litigious perfons feldom confider, before they go to law,
whether the conquest will be worth the coft.

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FABLE LI. The Kingfisher and the Sparrow.
Men's natural tempers will beft direct them to their
proper fphere in the purfuit of happiness.

FABLE LII. The Bee and the Spider.
The candid reader will reap improvement, where the
froward critic finds only matter of cenfure.

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