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Since flying is the very trade • For which the winged race is made; . And, therefore, for our mutual sport, * I'll make you fly, you can't be hurt.' .,
With that he slily slipt the string Which held the cage up by the ring. In vain the Parrot begg’d and pray'd, No word was minded that he said ; Down went the cage, and on the ground, Bruis'd and half-dead, poor Poll was found. Pug, who for some time had attended To that alone which now was ended, Again had leisure to pursue The project he had first in view: .
Quoth he, “A person, if he's wise, : • Will only with his friends advise, *They know his temper and his parts, • And have his int’rest near their hearts. • In matters, which he should forbear, . • They hold him back with prudent care, • But never, from an envious spirit, • Forbid him to display his merit; • Or judging wrong, from spleen and hate, * His talents slight or under-rate. • I acted sure with small reflection, • In asking counsel and direction • From a sly minion, whom I know • To be my rival and my foe: * One who will constantly endeavour • To hurt me in my lady's favour,
* And watch and plot to keep me down,
For him to come and take away:
Such counsel as I may receive, Well back'd with reasons strong and plain • To push me forward or restrain.”
One morning, when the Daw appear'd, The project was propos'd and heard : And, tho' the bird was much surpriz'd To find friend Pug so ill-advis'd, . He rather chose that he should try At his own proper risk to fly, Than hazard, in a case so nice, To shock him by too free advice.
Quoth he, ' I'm certain that you'll find • The project answer to your mind; · Without suspicion, dread, or care, ‘At once commit you to the air; • You'll soar aloft, or, if you please, • Proceed straight forward at your ease: • The whole depends on resolution, · Which you possess from constitution; . And, if you follow as I lead, « 'Tis past a doubt you must succeed.'.
So saying, from the turret's height, The Jackdaw shot with downward flight, And, on the edge of a canal, Some fifty paces from the wall, Lighted obsequious to attend The Monkey, when he should descend. But he, altho' he had beliey'd, The flatterer, and was deceiv'd, Felt some misgivings at his heart In venturing on so new an art; But yet, at last, 'tween hope and fear, Himself he trusted to the air, But far'd like him whom poets mention With Dædalus's old invention : Directly downwards on his head He fell, and lay an hour for dead.
The various creatures in the place Had different thoughts upon the case; Some from his fate compassion drew, But those, I must confess, were few; The rest esteem'd him rightly sery'd, And in the manner he desery'd, For playing tricks beyond his sphere; Nor thought the punishment severe. They gather'd round him as he lay, And jeer'd him when he limp'd away. Pug, disappointed thus and hurt, And grown besides the public sport, Found all his diff'rent passions change At once to fury and revenge
The Daw 'twas useless to pursue,
Thus Counsellors, in all regards
THE KITE AND THE ROOKS.
In hinting to the human-kind,
There is a folly which we blame,
A flight of Rooks one harvest morn Had stopp'd upon a field of corn, i Just when a Kite, 'as authors say, . Was passing on the wing that way;