Peter Parley's Book of Fables

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Silus Andrus and son, 1852 - Fables, American - 128 pages

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Page 7 - I SHALL not ask Jean Jacques Rousseau,* If birds confabulate or no ; 'Tis clear, that they were always able To hold discourse, at least in fable ; And e'en the child, who knows no better Than to interpret by the letter, A story of a cock and bull, Must have a most uncommon skull.
Page 107 - who was sitting at a window on the opposite side of the street, saw this action, and determined to punish the wicked boy. So, opening the street door, he beckoned to the sweep to come over, showing him a sixpence which he held in his hand. " Would you like to have this sixpence, my boy?
Page 113 - YOUNG chicken- cock, that was sitting upon the branch of a tree, crowed so loud, that a fox which chanced to be passing by, heard him. So he went up to him and said, "How do you do, my dear friend? I have not seen you for an age.
Page 114 - Is this all true?" said the cock. " I am very glad to hear it, I am sure." And, saying this, he stretphed out his neck as far as he could, as if he saw something a great way off. "What do you see, my dear friend, that you look out so earnestly?" said the fox. "O, nothing at all," said the cock, "only a pack of hounds, that seem to be running a race. It is a fine sight. Look, look ; they are coming this way.
Page 6 - ... themselves to wage war against the Veientes. They came to a general engagement near the Cremera, in which all the family, consisting of 306 men, were slain, B.
Page 114 - Pshaw, pshaw, child !' says the thief: 'give me leave to tell you that your old sire is an old fool, and there is not a word of truth in what he says ; for all the beasts and birds are now at peace.' — 'Ay, ay!' cries the Cock, 'and is this true? I am glad to hear it with all my heart;' and with that he held out his neck, as if he saw something a great way off. — ' What do you look at, my dear...
Page 115 - all you say is true; but it is ten to one that these vile curs have not yet heard of the peace; therefore I must run as fast as I can to get out of the way.
Page 68 - Sometimes the fox went into the hen-roost, and stole a lien or chicken; sometimes he stole a lamb from the hill-side; and sometimes he ran off with a pig that was astray in the woods. On all these occasions, he was attended by his playmate the spaniel. One day the fox entered a fine barn-yard, where there was a great deal of poultry of all kinds (hens, turkeys, geese, and ducks), attended, as usual, by his companion the spaniel. Prowling along carefully, so that he might not be seen, the fox slyly...
Page 64 - I do not fear any of these threatened evils," said the other rose : " if I am plucked, I shall still be lovely and admired; and as for the wind or the worm, they would not have the presumption to approach me.
Page 113 - No, I am much obliged to you," said the cock; "that will not do, for I have heard my old father say, that a fox is very fond of the flesh of a cock, and will eat him whenever he gets a chance. So, if you please, I will stay where I am.

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