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May error seize his midnight hour,

Torn from the tyrant mother's side,
Who buds upon a parent's pow'',

The trembler goes, a victim-bride ;

Reluctant meets the rude embrace,
And ems, by purchase vile and bare,
Tutting maid for his embrace ;

And bleats among the howling race.
Jience virtue fickens; and the breast,

With horror oft her eyes behold W bere peace had buil: be downy neít,

Her murder'd kindred of the fold; Becomes the troubled fent of care,

Each day a filter lamb is serv'd, Ari pines with anzuzh and despair. And at the glutton's table carv'd;

A Wolf, rapacious, cough, and bold, The crashing hones he grinds for food,
Whole nightly plunders thinn'd the fold, And Nakes his thirit with itreaming blood.
Contempating his bi-zent life,

Love, who the cruel mind detests,
And clay'd with theits would take a wife. And lodges but in gentle breasts,
His purpo:c know, the izvige race

Was now no more. Enjoyment past, la sua rous crowds attends the place ;

The lavage hunger'd for the feast; FO: w1y, a migbty woif he was,

But (as we find, in human race, And held domason in his jaws.

A maik conceals the villain's face) Her tar’site whelp each mother brought,

Justice must authorise the treat; And tamhly his ailiance fought;

Till then he long’d, but durtt not eat. But cold by age, or else too nice,

As forth he walk'd in quest of prey, None found acceptance in his eyes.

The hunters met him on the way: It happend as at early dawn,

Fear wings his flight; the marth he fought: He folitary crols 'd the lawn,

The snutting dogs are set at fault. Stray'd from the fold, the sportive Lamb

His stomach baulk’d, now hunger gnaws, Skipp'd wanton by her fleecy Dam;

Howling he grinds his empty jaws : When Cupid, foe to man and beast,

Food must be had, and Lamb is nigh; Diktarga an arrow at his breast.

His maw invokes the fraudful lie. The ta 'roes breed the robber knew,

Is this (dissembling rage, he cried) And tfzling o'er the meadow flew;

The gentle virtue of a bride? Their nindiez speed the Wolf o'ertovk,

That, learn'd with man's destroying race, And ccurteous thus the Dam bespoke :

She sets her husband for the chace? Sur, faire , and suspend your fear,

By treach’ry prompts the noisy hound Trat ne, no enemy is near:

To scent his footsteps on the ground ? T: + j243, in flaughter oft imbrud,

Thou trait'ress vile! for this thy blood At let yta have known enough of blood;

Shall glut my rage, and dye the wood ! And kurder bus nefs brings me now,

So saying, on the Lamb he flies :
Vangurit d, at brauty's feet to bow.

Beneath his jaws the victim dies.
You have a daughter-sweet, forgive
A Wolf's atrisin her I live;

§ 316. FABLE VII. The Goose and the Swansa Love from her eyes like lightning came,

I HATE the face, however fair, And ki my marrow all on fiame;

That carries an affected air; Let your conient confirm my choice,

The lisping tone, the Shape constrain'd,

The studie i look, the pallion feign'd,
Me ample wealth and pow'r attend, Are fopperies which only tend
Wide o'er the plains my realms extend; To injure what they strive to mend.
What midnight robber dare invade

With what superior grace enchants
The fold, if i the guard am made?

The face, whichi nature's pencil paints ! A: bome the shepherd's cur may sleep,

Where eyes, unexercis'd in art, Wat I secure his master's theep.

Glow with the meaning of the heart !
D.core like this attention claim'd;

Where freedom and good-humour fit,
Gadear the mother's breast infiam'd; And easy gaiety and wit!
Ngajariels by his side the walk'd,

Though perfect beauty be not there,
Offentlements and jointures talk'd;

The master lines, the finish'd air, Procca'd, and doubled her demands,

We catch from ev'ry look delight, Tue Waí agrees. Her bosom swells; torry fields, and turnip-lands.

And grow enamour'd at the light:

For beauty, though we all approve, "To Miá her happy fate the tells;

Excites our wonder more than love; And, ci the grand alliance vain,

While the agrecabie strikes sure, Contemes lier kindred of the plain.

And gives the wounds we cannot cure.
The lething Lamb with horror hears,

Why then, my. Amoret, this care,
But all in vain; mamma best knew
Ani waines out her Dam with pray'rs; That forms you, in eifect, less fair?

If nature on your cheek bestows
What unexperienc'd girls Thould do.

A bloom that emulates the rose,
So, to the neighb'ring meadow carried, Or from some heavenly i'rage drew
A formal ass the couple married,
A form Apelles never knew,

Your

And raity our nuptial joys.

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Your ill-judg'd aid will you impart,
And spoil by meretricious arti

$317. FABLE VIII. The Lawyer and JA Or hid you, nature's error, come

Love! thou divinest good below! Abortive from the mother's womb,

Thy pure delights few mortals know: Your forming care the still rejects,

Our rebel hearts thy sway disown, Which only heightens her. defects.

While tyrant luft ufurps thy throne. Wien such, of glittring jewels proud, The bounteous God of nature made Still press the foremost in the crowd,

The sexes for each other's aid; At ev'ry public thow are seen,

Their mutual talents to employ, With look awry, and awkward mien, To lefsen ills, and heighten joy. The gaudy dre's attracts the eye,

To weaker woman be assign'd
And magnifies deformity.

That fott'ning gentleness of mind,
Nature may underdo her part,

That can by iympathy impart
But leidom wants the help of art;

Its likeness to the rougheit heart. Trust her, the is your furest friend,

Her eyes with magic pow'r endued, N - made your form for you to mend. To fire the dull, and awe the rude. A Goole, atteccd, enrty, vain,

His rosy fingers on her face 'The frilicit of the cockling train,

Shed lavith ev'ry bloomy grace, With proud and elev; ted crest,

And stamp'd (perfection to display)
P-cederci clain't above the rest.

His mildest image on her clay.
Says ile. I laugh at human race,

Man, active, refolute, and bold,
Who iay gie'e lobble in their pace;

He faihion d in a diferent mould, Look he c!-- he liandrous lye detect; With useful arts his mind intormd, No haughty man is to eiest.

His brealt with nobler passions warm'd; 1 hat peacock yorder! Lord, how vain

He gave him knowledge, taste, and lente, The creature's of his gandy train!

And courage for the fair's defence. If both were ftrint, I pawn my word

Her frame, resistless to each wrong, A goose would be the finer bid.

Demands protection from the strong; Nature, to hide her own defects,

To man the dies when fear alarms, Her bungled work with finery decks;

And claims the temple of his arms. Were geese set off with but that thow,

By nature's Author thus declar'd Would men admire the pracock! No. The woman's sovereign and her guarda

Thus vaunting, 'creís the nicad me falks, Shall man by treach'rous wiles invade
The cackling b eed attend her walks ; The weakness he was meant to aid?
The fun fhot down his noon-tide beans, While beauty, given to inspire
The Swans were iporting in the sticams; Protecting love, and soft detire,
Their snowy plumes and stately pride Lights up a wild-fire in the heart,
Prov k'd her (pleen. Why there, the cried, And to its own breast points the dart,
Again what arrogance we tee!

Becomes the spoiler's base pretence
Thrie creatures : how they mimic me! To triumph over innocence.
Shall ev'ry fowl the water skim,

The wolf, that tears the tim'rous sheep, Because we gette a e known to swim !

Was never set the fold to keep; Humility they soon Maid learn,

Nor was the tiger, or the pard, Ard their own entincís disc-rn.

Meant the benighted-trav’ller's guard; So saying, with extended wings,

But man, the wildest beast of prey, Lightly upon the wave the springs;

Wears friendship’s semblance to betray; Her bosom fwells, he spreads her plumes, His strength against the weak employs; And the Iwan's ft.tely creít ailumes. And where he should protect, destroys. Contempt and m ckriy ensued,

Puit twelve o'clock, the watchman cried ; And bursts of laughter took the flood. His brief the studious Lawyer plied; A Swan, fuperior to the rest,

The all-prevailing tee lay nigh, Sprung forth, and thus the fool address di The carneít of to-morrow's lie. Conceited thing, el te with pride!

Sudden the furious winds arise, Thy atrectation aideride:

The jarring casement shatter'd fies; Thele airs thy awkwardie is impart,

The doors admit a hollow found, And thew thee plainly as thou art.

And rattling from their hinge bound; Among thy equils of the fiock

When Justice, in a blaze of light, Thou hadi e.cap'ri the public mock; Peveal'd her radiant form to ight. And, as thy puts to good conduce,

The wittcb with thuilling horror shook ; Ben deem dan bonet hobbling goose. Loose ev'ry joint, and pale his look;

Learn bence to study wilciom's rules; Not having seen her in the fourts, X w. forsery 's the pride of fuols;

Or found her mention d in reports, nil, Rising nute to concell,

He ask'd, with fault'ring tongue, her nime, You only liei durias reveal.

itor erriand there, and whence the çame?

Sternly She white-rob's Shade replied Can't I another's face commend, (10.5w her village dyed),

Or to her virtues be a friend, 2. doubtful wio I am?

But instantly your forehead lours, Sa wa lo strange a name?

As if ber inerit lessen'd yours? kivur courts for Justice raisid? From female envy never free, , of old, my altrs blaz'd.

All must be blind because

you

see. on thee I did e.ect,

Survey the garden, fields, and bow'rs, okuple to protect,

The buds, the blossoms, and the flow'rs; *** 2. a'i thy ven: tribe,

Then tell me where the woodbine grows in the goddess for the bribe,

That vies in sweetness with the role; :07'd cient cries,

Or where the lily's snowy white, siler ears nor eyes;

That throws such beauties on the sight? in te with the bar,

Yet folly is it to declare, inthe judge denounces war,

That these are neither sweet nor fair, suas his decree

The crystal shines with fainter rays * sent to buite me.

Before che diamond's brighter blaze; *1,4-ber brealt with fury burn'd; And fops will tay the diamond dies Lawyer thus return'd:

Before the lustre of your eyes : was the charge is julty laid,

But I, who deal in truth, deny C'extu'e that can be made; That neither thine when you are by. a spacious globe, and tee

When zephyrs o'er the blossom (tray, are not like me.

And Tweets along the air convey, T. *37.5, killid in Romih lies, Sha'n't I the fragrant breeze inhale, bali deludes our eyes:

Because you breathe a tweeter gale? dit rides without controul, Sweet are the flow'řs that deck the field; e man to five his soul.

Sweet is the imell the blolloms yield; *, with important face,

Sweet is the summer gale that blows; mistakes the cale ;

And sweet, tho' sweeter you, the rose. ** Ipins out the disease,

Shall envy then torment your breast, Icoane pa'ient of his fees.

If f you are lovelier than the rest ? The Cat, rough with many a scar,

For while I give to each lier due, 1*'Lughter, leads the war i

By prailing them I fatter you; 1

And praiting moit, I ft:il declare pay:

You faireft, where the relt are fair. e al mankind prevails,

As at his board a farmer sate, Seturns the scales,

Replenish d by his homely treat,

His fav'rite Spaniel near him stood, 2* in my breast?

And with his master Char'd the food;
The crackling bones his jaws devour'd,

His lapping tongue the trenchers scour'd;
Petersenie, and vile of mind, Till, iated now, supine he lay,

And snor'd the rising fumes away. i::Toon world is flown,

The hungry Cat, in turn, drew near, <?? sinuts excuse thy own?

And humbly cray'd a servant's Mare; tra; us the prielt was made į

Her modelt worth the master knew,

And straight the fatt'ning morsel threw: -- guarded liberty;

Enrag'd, the snarling Cur awoke,
FOT5, and the lawyer me.

And thus with 1piteful envy spoke:
es to their trust,

They only claim a right to eat, ** 7 Ivi thee the less unjuft.

Who earn by services their meat; bravur pleadings I disclaim, Me, zeal and industry in flame Te wnction of my name;

To scour the fields, and spring the game; a courts it thall be read,

Or, plunged in the wint'ry wave, in from the law is fled.

For man the wounded bird to save, **, and hid in fhades her face, With watchful diligence I keep Ticke footh'd her into grace. From prowling wolves his fleecy sheep i

pot home his midnight hours secure,

And drive the robber from the door: 1 PABLE IX. The Former, ibe Spaniel,

For this his brealt with kindness glows, and ibe Cat.

For this his hand the food bestows; *:bots my dear her angry brow? And thall thy indolence impart in Chence alarms you now?

A warmer friendthip to his heart,
Deia's fair, 'tis true,

That thus be robs me of my due,
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I own (with meekness Puss replied) And thus began: Mean thing! give o'c Superior merit on your side;

And lay thy llender threads no more; Nor does my breast with envy fwell,

A thoughtless fly or two, at most, To find it reconipenc'd so well;

Is all the conquest thou cant boalt; Yet I, in what my nature can,

For bees of sente thy arts evade, Contribute to the good of man.

We see so plain the nets are laid. Whose claws destroy the pilf'ring mouse? The gaudy tulip, that displays Who drives the vermin from the house? Her spreading foliage to gaze; Or, watchful for the lab’ring swain,

That points her charms at all the fees, From lurking rats fecures the grain ?

And yields to ev'ry wanton breeze, From hence, if he rewards bestow,

Attracts not me; where bluthing grows, Why should your heart with gall o’erflow? Guarded with thorns, the modeft role, Why pine my happiness to fee,

Enamnour'd, round and round I fly, Since there's enough for you and me? Or on her fragrant bofom lic; • Thy words are just, the farmer cried, Reluctant the my ardour meets, And ipúrn'd the fnarler from his lide. And bashful renders up her sweets.

To wiser heads attention lend, ရှိ 319. FABLE X. The Spider and the Bee. And learn this lesson from a friend: The nymph who walks the public streets, She who with modetty retires, And fets her cap at all the meets,

Adds fuel to her lover's fires; May catch the fool who turns to stare;

While such incautious jilts as you
But men of sense avoid the snare.

By folly your own schemes undo.
As on the margin of the fiood,
With f]ken line, my Lydia stood,

$320. FABLE XI. The Young Lion and the I imild to see the pains the took

'Tis true, I blame your lover's choice, To cover o'er the fraudful hook.

Though Aatter'd by the public voice; Along the forest as we stray'd,

And peevifh grow, and sick, to hear You Taw the boy his lime-twigs spread;

His exclamations, o how fair! Guess'd you the reason of his fear,

I liften not to wild delights, Leit, heedless, we approach too near? And transports of expected nights ; For as behind the bush we lay,

What is to me your hoard of charms, The linnet flutter'd on the spray.

The wiiteness of your neck and arms? Needs there such caution to delude Needs there no acquisition more The scaly fry, and feather'd brood?

To keep contention from the door? And think you, with inferior art,

Yes; pass a fortnight, and you'll find To captivate the human heart?

All beauty cloys, but of the mind. The maid who modestly conceals

Sense and good humour ever prove Her beauties, while me hides, reveals. The surelt cords to falten love. Give but a glimple, and fancy draws

Yet, Phillis, simplest of your fex, Whate'er the Grecian Venus was.

You never think but to perplex; From Eve's first fig-leaf to brocade,

Coquetting it with ev'ry ape All dre's was meant for fancy's aid;

That struts abroad in hunan fhape ; Which evermore delighted dwells

Not that the coxcomb is your taste, On what the bashful nymph conceals. But that it stings your lover's breaft. When Celia struts in man's attire,

To-morrow you resign the sway,
She shews too much to raise desire ;

Prepar'd to honour and obey:
But, from the hoop's bewitching round, The tyrant mistress change for life,
Her very shoe has pow'r to wound.

To the submission of a wife.
The roving cye, the bofoin bare,

Your follies, if you can, fufpend, The forward laugh, the wanton air,

And learn instruction from a friend: May catch the fop: for gudgcons strike

Reluctant hear the first address, At the bare hook and buit alike;

Think often ere you answer Yes: Whic faimon play regardless by,

But, once refolv'd, throw off disguise, Till art like nature torms the fly.

And wear your wishes in your eyes ;
Beneath a peasant's homely thatch With caution ev'ry look forbear
A Spider long had held her watch ;

That might create one jealous fear, From morn to night with restless care, A lover's ripening hopes confound, She ipun ter web, and wove her inare. Or give the gen'rous brealt a wound; Within the limits of her roign

Contemn the girlish arts to teaze, lay miny a hetdiefs captive fain;

Nor use your pow'r, unless to please; Or tutt'ring Itruggled in the toils,

For fools alone with rigour fway, To built the chains, and thun her wiles. When, foon or late, they muft obey: A lirsing Bee, that perch'd hard by,

The King of brutes, in life's decline, Belield her with disdainful eye,

Resolv'd dominion to resign ;

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stest vere fummon'd to appear, Then, when life's winter hastens on, * tiose the royal heir.

And youth's fair heritage is gone, :day was fix'd; the crowd Dow'rless to court some pealant's arms, L! cueronarch bow'd.

To guard your wither'd age from harms; 5c Monkey, pert and vain, No gratitude to warm his breaft, :-*, od thus address’d the train : For blooning beauty once poffeft;

by friends, with flavilh awe, How will you curse that stubborn pride 3522nt king of straw?

Which drove your bark across the tide, Banore the hour,

And sailing before folly's wind, cerit, own his pow'r? Left sense and happinels behind! - i experience prize,

Corinna, left thele whims prevail, --zims of the wise;

To such as you I write my tale. buscalt away,

A Colt, for blood and mettled speed ****narchs of to-day ;

The choicest of the running breed. stacant hand to fpurn,

of youthful Itrength and beauty vain, tyrant each in turn.

Refus d subjection to the rein. tron wrong discern,

In vain the groom's officious ikill trun oppression learn;

Oppos'd his pride, and check'd his will; 77. *be taught to melt,

In vain the master's forming care siis bimielf has felt.

Restrain'd with threats, or tooth'd with pray'r; 1 bis bosom fwell'd with pride; Of freedom proud, and Icorning man, Lion thus replied:

Wild o'er the spacious plains he ran. **22.mes prompts thee to provoke Where'er luxuriant nature spread FT: dare th' impending stroke? Her flow'ry carpet o'er the mead,

*d tooi! can wrongs impart Or bubbling streams foft gliding pass, ..n the feeling heart?

To cool and freihen up the grais, Ittful breast to glow, Disdaining bounds, he crupt the blade, site, or eye to flow?

And wanion'd in the spoil he made. • z poctice of their schools,

In plenty thus the summer pass’d, 1.-27. de huit drawn thy rules : Revolving winter came at last; 33; in such a caule,

The trees no more a shelter yield, was expect applause;

The verdure withers from the field, 72.6.ldon't condemn,

Perpetual snows inveft the ground, SAKmho copy them.

In icy chains the streams are bound, 3.** Xem Fim to be kind ; ***Atze gen'rous lion bind? Cold, nipping winds, and rattling hail,

His lank unshelter'd fides affail.

As round he cast his rueful eyes, 4 Tere not the debt;

He saw the thatch'd-roof cottage rise ; penghand he gives

The prospect touch'd his heart with cheer, Teters he receives;

And promisd kind deliv'rance near. *** Fakes fair return,

A stable, erst his fcorn and hate, ki si intoreit fcorn for scorn.

Was now become his with'd retreat ;
His paffion cool, his pride forgot,

A Farmer's welcome yard he lought.
1.1. FABLE XII. The Colt and the Farmer. His limbs that totter'd with his weight:

The maiter saw his woeful plight, 2 Corinna, if you can,

And, friendly, to the stable led, - averfe, fo coy to man?

And faw him litter'd, dress’d and fed.
E, nivih of her care,

In flothful ease all night be lay, bet pattern form you fair,

The servants rose at bieak of day; cograteful to her cause,

The market calls-along the road auc ber gifts, and spurn her laws ? His back mult bear the pond'rous load; 2ke, withhold that store, In vain he struggles or complains, marting, blefles more?

Inceliant blows reward his pains. 2 gift by Heaven afsign'd. To-morrow varies but his toil; 1. of the female kind;

Chain'd to the plough, he breaks the soil; de yielding maid demands

While scanty meals at night repay za at her lover's hands;

The painful labours of the day. !! test by waiting years it fade,

Subdued by toil, with anguish rent, 2 race tells him once 'twas paid. His self upbraidings found a vent. ***Li vou then this wealth conceal, Wretch that I am! he fighing said, rrut, or time to steal?

By arrogance and folly led :
UTC of your youth to rove

Had but my reitive youth been brought
Lager to the joys of love?
To learn the lesson nature taught,

Then

Geskeness get,

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