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which have not only increafed our ftock, but improved this mode of conveying leffons of morality: And tho' of late years we have had feveral collections or books of this fort, yet few, if any of them, can lay any just claim to originality, further than putting old fop into a new drefs, just as the fashion of the times prevailed. Our English poets, it muft, be acknowledged, have gone further; and by their most curious and valuable inventions, have greatly improved this ufeful branch of literature; particularly Mr Gay, Mr Moore, Mr Cunningham, and fome others..

The use of fable was firft established, if not originally introduced, by Æfop; a circumftance which not only manifefts his fhrewdness and fagacity, the quickness of his wit, and the fertility of his invention, but gives us alfo a strong idea of his good humour.

"Advice (fays a celebrated Writer) never comes with a better face, than when it comes with a laughing one:" And it is certain, that fable rather pleafes than offends the niceft fenfibility; fince the inftruction it conveys is not magifterially obtruded upon us, but is obliquely derived by our own application, and falls from it as it were by accident.

In compiling the prefent collection, all or moft of our Fabulifts, ancient and modern, both in profe and verse, have been confulted; and great care has been taken to felect fuch fables as are not only most easy and intelligible in the narrative, but also convey the most striking morals. The ancient fables, where the heathen mythology is introduced in the fabulous part, are moftly omitted, as being thought too myfterious. The fables in verse are excellent of their kind, and are much the best we have in our language; and as Gay's are of themselves used for a school-book, they are all retained in this, which is defigned for the use of schools; and as it contains not only much more in quantity than any fable book extant, but alfo is fold at a lower price than most others, it will, 'tis hoped, have the preference, not only on that but other accounts.

The Editor does not expect the following collection will please all perfons, as fome will object to the want of cuts; in reply to this, more than double the number of fables are. given for the like price, and wood cuts in general are fo badly executed, and the reprefentations fo imperfect, that little or no information or inftruction can be gathered from

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from them: Others will fay, that fome of the
fables are not fo well told, or expreffed in
fuch pleafing and pertinent language as they
ought to be, but the worst will please fome,
and the best will not please all. He confeffes
fome are too long; but if the humour of the
narrative does not make amends, he has no-
thing further to advance by way of apology,

but that he meant well.

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Afs and the Lap-dog

Swallow and other Birds

Old Man and Death
Countryman and Snake
Wolf and the Lamb
Lark and her Young
Frog and the Ox

Court and Country Moufe
Sun and the Wind
Wafp and the Bees
Wolf and the Crane
Bear and the two Friends
Wolf and the Maftiff

Lion and other Beafts hunting
Farmer, Cranes, and Stork
Ant and the Fly

Fortune and the School-boy

Oak and the Willow

Farmer and the Stag

Cock and the Fox

Fox and the Goat

Dog and the Crocodile

Wolf in Difguife

Afs and his Mafter

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