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The Peasants, fool'd before, agreed
Hence, then, we learn to jest with truth
This gentle hint in friendship take,
THE DOG IN THE MANGER,
A Dog once in a manger lay Upon a truss of sweetest hay. A civil Ox, in passing by, Pleas'd did his fav’rite food espy, And making to the manger's side, His mouth unto the hay applied. When up Old Snarl in haste arose, And threaten'd he would bite his nose, And growl'd, and bark’d, and, in a rage, Began uncivil war to wage. The patient Ox did then entreat That he would suffer him to eat; . . That, if, indeed, he wish'd to feed, He would not his own hunger plead, But, since Dogs never feed on hay, The boon was small he sure must say. But, no.—The surly Dog went on, Growld o'er the hay, as o'er a bone, And sorely did the mild Ox grieve, That he the provender must leave ; But more it hurt him that the Cur Brought on himself this odious slur, For he had never play'd this part, Had not ill-nature fill'd his heart,
A fav'rite Magpie sees the play,
This dissipative life, of course,
And, now, between each heartfelt sigh,
Observe, thro' life you'll always find
Then opes his cage, and, with a sigh, imit for
Now Mag, once more with freedom bless'd, Looks round to find a place of rest;end of To Temple Gardens wings his way,
ays or as bn There perches on a neighb’ring spray,
The Gard'ner now with busy cares catre
A curious net he does prepare, duasdoo And lightly spreads the wily snare; svena sala The feather'd plunderers come in view, onlar And Mag, soon joins the thievish crew. LAI The watchful Gard'ner now stands by, VT With nimble hand and wary eye;
the The birds begin their stolen repast, tarihlasi The flying net secures them fast, ob hai
The vengeful clown, now fill’d with ire, mod Does to a neighb'ring shed retire, moodlo bus And, having first secur'd the doors gaib aida va And windows, next the net explores.airi IT
Now, in revenge for plunder'd seed, venite al Each felon he resolves shall bleed, om gosalie nu Then twists their little necks around, se on And casts them breathless on the ground.do.
Mag, who with man was us’d to herd, olis Knew something more than common bird; Toa He, therefore, watch'd with anxious care, in And slipp'd himself from out the snare,
The birds beginsecures them fasta with ire, non
And, oh ! the heart which malice fills,
The Master, who the whole had seen,
Be you to others kind and true, "As you'd have others be to you.' Snarl, howling, ran off a good pace, Nor dar'd long time to shew his face ; For where he came, there all had pat,~ • The Dog that held the manger that!'.
Consider, children, that, if you Aught like this surly Dog should do, Our Master, with all-seeing eyes, Beholds, and surely will chastise,,, With his avenging rod, the wretch, Whose humour's always on the catch, And doth with rage and malice burn, To do a neighbour an ill turn; : : Be wise ! nor imitate the fool. : Who violates THE GOLDEN RULE.