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THE ATHEIST AND THE ACORN.
By Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea. • Methinks this world is oddly made,
And every thing amiss:'
And instanced in this:
• Behold,' quoth he, 'that mighty thing,
• A Pumpkin, large and round, • Is held but by a little string, • Which upwards cannot make it spring,
• Or bear it from the ground:
While on this oak, an Acorn small
So disproportion'd grows: • That whosoe'er surveys this áll, * This universal causal ball,
Its ill contrivance knows.
• My bec Pumpkin on slightly s
• My better judgment would have hung
The Pumpkin on the tree; • And left the Acorn slightly strung • 'Mong things that on the surface sprung,
* And small and feeble be.'
No more the Caviller could say, .
No farther faults descry;
Fell down upon his eye. is
The wounded part with tears ran o'er,
As punish'd for the sin: ?! • Fool! had that bough a Pumpkin bore, , Thy whimsies must have work'd no more, :
Nor skull have kept them in.
THE TOWN MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE.
Imitated from Horace by Swift and Pope.
ONCE on a time (so runs the Fable).
Cheese, such as men in Suffolk make,
But change, my friend, this savage scene! • Leave it, and come and live with men:
Consider, mice, like men, must die, Both small and great, both you and I: • Then spend your life in joy and sport, *(This doctrine, friend, I learn’d at court.)
The veriest hermit in the nation is
Behold the place, where, if a poet
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The guests withdrawn, the vacant seat
Our courtier walks from dish to dish,
That jelly's rich, this malmsey healing, • Pray dip your whiskers and your tail in.' Was ever such a happy swain!
: He stuffs, and swills, and stuffs again. • I'm quite asham’d—'tis mighty rude • To eat so much—but all's so good ;
I have a thousand thanks to give-...
No sooner said, but from the hall,
An't please your honour, 'quoth the peasant,
THE WOLF AND THE DOG.
By William Somerville.
O happy friend! how gay thy mien!
Why, I will tell thee as a friend;
The Wolf, whose mouth began to water, With joy and rapture gallop'd after, EBW Kia cu BB 5