Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists: With Morals and Reflections

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A. Betterworth [and others], 1738 - Fables - 581 pages
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Page 315 - What makes the breaking of all oaths A holy duty?" "Food and clothes." "What laws and freedom, persecution?" "Being out of power, and contribution." "What makes a church a den of thieves?" "A dean and chapter, and white sleeves.
Page 25 - THE FROGS ASKING FOR A KING In the days of old, when the Frogs were all at liberty in the lakes, and had grown quite weary of following every one his own devices, they assembled one day together, and with no little clamour petitioned Jupiter to let them have a King to keep them in better order, and make them lead honester lives. Jupiter, knowing the vanity of their hearts, smiled at their request...
Page 331 - ... sickest of all of the autumn ; till he is brought, in the end, to compound for his first condition again, and so take up with that for his satisfaction, which he reckoned upon before for his misfortune. Thus it is, when fickle and foolish people will be prescribing to, and refining upon, the wise and gracious appointments of the Maker of the world.
Page 109 - And then he comes over him the third time with the same question again : 'Why, I am all swelled," says the other, 'as if I had a dropsy.' 'Best of all,' quoth the doctor, and goes his way. Soon after this comes one of the sick man's friends to him with the same question, 'How he felt himself?' "Why, truly, so well,' says he, 'that I am e'en ready to die of I know not how many good signs and tokens...
Page 256 - Lien, if We had been brought up to Painting and Carving, as You are, where you have One Lion under the Feet of a Man, you Should have had twenty Men under the Paw of a Lion.
Page 65 - ... came back again. They told her at her return, that the owner of the field had been there, and order' d his neighbours to come and reap the corn.
Page 41 - WHERE'S the honour, or the pleasure in the world," says the Fly, in a dispute for pre-eminence with the Ant, " that I have not my part in ? Are not all temples and places open to me ? Am not I the taster to gods and princes in all their sacrifices and entertainments ? And all this without either money or pains ? I trample upon crowns, and kiss what ladies lips I please.
Page 34 - ... of the rest of God's works. The Ass would have horns, the Ape would have a tail, and the Hares would be free from those terrors which, timid as they are, they give to others : but the Mole on the one hand, and the Frogs on the other, shew that there are others as miserable as themselves. It may seem to be a kind of a malicious satisfaction that one man derives from the misfortune of another. But the philosophy of this reflection stands upon another ground ; for our comfort does not arise from...
Page 82 - Learn how he brought himself to That Blessed State of Body. Why, says the Dog, I keep my Master's House from Thieves, .and I have very Good Meat, Drink, and Lodging \ for my pains. Now if you'll go along with Me, and do as I do, you may fare as I fare.
Page xi - Mouse,' as it stands in the fable. "This wrought nothing upon the hearts of the Delphians, but as they were bawling at the executioner to dispatch and do his office, Aesop on a sudden gave them the slip and fled to an altar hard by there In hopes the religion of the place might have protected him, but the Delphians told him that the altars of the gods were not to -be any sanctuary to those that robbed their temples, whereupon he took occasion to tell them the fable of the 'Eagle and the Beetle...

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