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other day at yours. Reynard hung down his head, and looked very much displeased - Nay, nay, faid the Stork, don't pretend to be out of humour about the matter ; they that cannot take a jest thould never make one.

VIII. The Court of Death. DEATH, the king of terrours, was determined to

choose a prime minister; and his pale courtiers, the ghastly train of diseases, were all summoned to attend ; when each preferred his claim to the honour of this illustrious office. Fever urged the numbers he destroyed; cold Pally set forth his pretensions by shaking all his limbs; and Dropsy, by his swelled unwieldy carcase. Gout hobbled up, and alleged his great power in racking every joint; and Asthma's inability to speak was a strong, though silent, argument in favour of his claim. Stone and Colic pleaded their violence; Plague; his rapid progress in destruction ; and Consumption, though slow, infifted that he was sure. In the midst of this contention, the court was disturbed with the noise of music, dancing, feasting, and revelry; when immediately entered a lady, with a bold lascivious air, and a flushed and jovial countenance : she was attended on one hand by a troop of cooks and Bacchanals; and, on the other, by a train of wanton youths and damsels, who danced half-naked to the softeft musical instruments :: her name was INTEMPERANCE. She waved her hand, and thus addresled the crowd of Diseases : Give way, ye fickly band of pretenders, nor dare to vie with my fuperiour merits in the service of this great monarchi Am not I your parent? the author of your beings? Do ye not derive the power of shortening human life almost wholly from me? Who then fo fit as myself for this important office !--The grilly monarch grinned a smile of approbation, placed her at his right-hand, and the immediately became his prime favourite and principal minister.

IX. The partial Judge. FARMER came to a neighbouring Lawyer, expressing great concern for an accident which he said had



just happened. One of your oxen, continued he, has been gored by an unlucky bull of mine ; and I thould be glad to know how I am to make you reparation Thou art a very honeft fellow, replied the Lawyer, and wilt not think it unreasonable that I expect one of thy oxen in return. It is no more than juitice, quoth the Farmer, to be fure : 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 cale: I must enquire into the affair; and if --And if ! faid 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.

X. The fick Lion, the Fox, and the Wolf. A Lion having furfeited himself with feasting too lu.

xuriously on the carcase of a wild boar, was seized with 3 .violent and dangerous disorder. The beasts of the forest flocked in great numbers to pay their relpects to him

upon the occasion, and scarce one was absent ex• cept the Fox. · The Wolf, an ill natured and malicious bealt, seized this opportunity to accuse the Fox of pride, ingratitude, and diffaffection to his majesty. In the midst of this invective che Fox entered; who, having heard part of the Wolf's accusation, and observing the Lion's countenance to be kindled into wrath, thus ad. roitly excused himfelf, and retorted upon his accufer: I fee many here, who, with mere lip-service, have pretended to show you their loyalty; but, for my part, from the moment I heard of your majesty's illness, neglecting useless compliments, I employed myself day and night to enquire among the most learned physicians an infallible remedy for your disease, and have at length happily been informed of one. It is a plaster made of part of a Wolf's skin, taken warm from his back, and laid to your majesty's stomach. This remedy was no sooner proposed, than it was determined that the experiment should be tried: and, whilst the operation was performing, the Fox, with a sarcastic smile, whispered this useful maxim in the Wolf's ear-- If you would safe from harm yourfelf, learn for the future not to meditate mischief against others,

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XI. Dishonesly punished. A N usurer, having lost an hundred pounds in a bag,

promised a reward of ten pounds to the person who should rettore it. A man having brought it to him, de* manded the reward. The usurer, loath to give the reward now that he had got the bag, alleged, after the bag was opened, that there were an hundred and ten pounds in it when he lost it. The usurer being called before the judge, unwarily acknowledged that the seal was broke open in his presence, and that there were no more at that time but a hundred pound: in the bag. “ You say,” says the judge, “that the bag you lost had a hundred and ten pounds in it.” Yes, my lord.” " Then,” replied the judge, “this cannot be your bag, as it contained but a hundred pounds : therefore the plaintiff must keep it till the true owner appears; and you must look for your bag where you can find it.”

XII. The Picture, SIR WILLIAM LELY, a famous painter in the reign of

Charles I. agreed before-hand for the price of a picture he was to draw for a rich London Alderman, who was not indebted to nature eithet.for shape or face. The picture being finished, the alderman endeavoured to beat down the price, alleging, that if he did not purchase it, it would lie on the painter's hand. “ That's your mis. take,” says Sir William ; For I can fell it at double the price I demand.” " How can that be,” says the alderman, “ for 'tis like nobody but myself?” “ True," replied Sir William ; “ but I will draw a tail to it, and then it will be an excellent monkey.” Mr Alderman, to prevent being exposed, paid down the money demanded, and carried off the picture.

XIII. The two Bees, ON a fine morning in May, two bees set forward in

quest of honey; the one wise and temperate, the other careless and extravagant. They soon arrived at a garden enriched with aromatic herbs, the most fragrant Howers, and the most delicious fruits. They regaled themselves for a time on the various dainties that were


{pread before them; the one loading his thigh at intervals with provisions for the hive against the distant winter; the other revelling in sweets, without regard to any thing but his present gratification. At-length they found a wide-mouthed phial, that hung beneath the bough of a peach-tree, filled with honey ready tempered, and exposed to their taste in the most alluring manner. The thoughtlefs epicure, spite of all his friend's remonftrances, plunged headlong into the vessel, resolving to indulge himself in all the pleasures of sensuality. The philofopher, on the other hand, sipped a little with caution ; but, being suspicious of danger, few off to fruits and flowers; where, by the moderation of his meals, he improved his relish for the true enjoyment of them. In the evening, however, he called upon his friend, to inquire whether he would return to the hive; but he found him furfeited in sweets, which he was as unable to leave as to enjoy. Clogged in his wings, enfeebled in his feet, and his whole frame totally enervated, he was but just able to bid his friend adieu, and to lament with his latest breath, that though a taste of pleasure might quicken the relish of life, an unrestrained indulgence is inevitable destruction.

XIV. Beauty and Deformity. A Youth, who lived in the country, and who had

not acquired, either by reading or conversation, any knowledge of the animals which inhabit foreign regions, • came to anchester to see an exhibition of wild beasts The size and figure of the elephant struck him with awe; and he viewed the rhinoceros with astonishment. But his attention was foon withdrawn from these animals, and directed to another of the most elegant and beautiful form ; and he stood contemplating with silent admiration the glofly smoothness of his hair, the blackness and regularity of the streaks with which he was marked, the symmetry of his limbs, and, above all, the placid sweetness of his countenance. What is the name of this lovely animal, faid he to the keeper, which you have placed near one of the uglielt beaits in your collection, as if you meảnt to contrait beauty with deformity? Beware, young man, replied the intelligent keeper, of be


ing fo easily captivated with external appearance. The animal which you admire is called a tiger; and, notwithNanding the meekness of his looks, he is fierce and savage beyond description : I can neither terrify him by corre&tion, nor tame him by indulgence. But the other beast, which you despise, is in the highest degree docile, affectionate, and useful. For the benefit of man, he traverses the fandy deserts of Arabia, where drink and pasture are seldom to be found ; and will continue fix or feven days without sultenance, yet still patient of labour. His hair is manufactured into clothing ; his fielh is deemed wholesome nourishment; and the milk of the female is much valued by the Arabs. The camel, therefore, for such is the name given to this animal, is more worthy of your admiration than the tiger; notwithstanding the inelegance of his make, and the two bunches upon his back.

For mere external beauty is of little estimation ; and deformity, when affociated with amiable dispositions and useful qualities, does not preclude our respect and approbation.

XV. Remarkable instance of friendship, DAMON and Pythias, of the Pythagorean feet in phi

losophy, lived in the time of Dionysius the tyrant of Sicily. "Their mutual friendship was fo strong, that they were ready to die for one another. One of the two (for it is not known which) being condemned to death by the tyrant, obtained leave to go into his own country to settle his affairs, on condition that the other should consent to be imprisoned in his stead, and put to death for him if he did not return before the day of execution. The attention of every one, and especially of the tyrant himself, was excited to the highet pitch, as every body was curious to see what should be the evenc of so strange an affair. When the time was almoft elapsed, and he who was gone did not appear, the rashness of the other, whose sanguine friendship had put him upon running fo feemingly desperate a hazard, was universally blamed. But he ttill,declared, that he had not the least nador of doubt in his mind of his friend's fidelity. The event showed how well he knew him. He came in due time, and surrendered liimself to that


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