The fables of La Fontaine, tr. [in verse] by E. Wright

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Page 21 - His threat as good as prophecy Was proved by Mr. Mildandsly ; For, putting on a mealy robe, He squatted in an open tub, And held his purring and his breath; — Out came the vermin to their death. On this occasion, one old stager, A rat as gray as any badger, Who had in battle lost his tail, Abstained from smelling at the meal; And cried, far off, "Ah ! General Cat, I much suspect a heap like that; Your meal is not the thing, perhaps, For one who knows somewhat of traps; Should you a sack of meul...
Page 12 - And please, my brother, don't delay; So much the tidings do concern all, That I must spread them far to-day. Now you and yours can take your walks, Without a fear or thought of hawks; And should you clash with them or others, In us you 'll find the best of brothers; — For which you may, this joyful night, Your merry bonfires light. But, first, let's seal the bliss With one fraternal kiss.
Page ii - Their minds were with the dean's. No better plan, they all believed, Could possibly have been conceived. No doubt the thing would work right well, If any one would hang the bell. But, one by one, said every rat, I'm not so big a fool as that.
Page ii - I'm not so big a fool as that. The plan, knocked up in this respect, The council closed without effect And many a council I have seen, Or reverend chapter with its dean, That, thus resolving wisely, Fell through like this precisely. To argue or refute Wise counsellors abound ; The man to execute Is harder to be found.
Page 51 - I must confess, (And but for which our gains would be A pretty sight indeed to see,) Is that the days are made so many In which we cannot earn a penny. The sorest ill the poor man feels: They tread upon each other's heels, Those idle days of holy saints! And though the year is shingled o'er, The parson keeps a-finding more ! " With smiles provoked by these complaints, Replied the lordly financier, " I'll give you better cause to sing. These hundred pounds I hand you here Will make you happy as a...

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