One Hundred Fables in verse; by various authors. Selected and revised by J. Plumptre, etc

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Page 125 - THE tree of deepest root is found Least willing still to quit the ground; 'Twas therefore said by ancient sages, That love of life increased with years So much, that in our latter stages, When pains grow sharp, and sickness rages, The greatest love of life appears.
Page 143 - Began to feel as well he might The keen demands of appetite ; When looking eagerly around, He spied far off upon the ground, A something shining in the dark, And knew the glow-worm by his spark, So stooping down from hawthorn top, He thought to put him in his crop ; The worm aware of his intent, Harangu'd him thus right eloquent. Did you admire my lamp...
Page 152 - The open windows seem'd to' invite The freeman to a farewell flight ; But Tom was still confined ; And Dick, although his way was clear, Was much too generous and sincere To leave his friend behind. So settling on his cage, by play, And chirp, and kiss, he seem'd to say, You must not live alone.
Page 43 - I've got it yet, And can produce it." "Pray, sir, do; I'll lay my life the thing is blue." "And I'll be sworn, that when you've seen The reptile, you'll pronounce him green.
Page 143 - A NIGHTINGALE, that all day long Had cheer'd the village with his song, Nor yet at eve his note suspended, Nor yet when eventide was ended, Began to feel, as well he might. The keen demands of appetite ; When, looking eagerly around, He spied far...
Page 42 - And what a length of tail behind! How slow its pace ! and then its hue Who ever saw so fine a blue?'
Page 128 - And no great wonder," Death replies; " However, you still keep your eyes; And, sure, to see one's loves and friends, For legs and arms would make amends." " Perhaps," says Dobson, " so it might, But latterly I've lost my sight.
Page 7 - God's sake, 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 May yield, God knows, to strong temptation.
Page 174 - I'm almost tired of life; " So hard my work, so poor my fare, " 'Tie more than mortal man can bear.
Page 175 - ... the thing I mean, And now I hope to cure thy spleen ; This world, which clouds thy soul with doubt, Is but a carpet inside out. "As when we view these shreds and ends, We know not what the whole intends ; So, when on earth things look but odd, They're working still some scheme of God.

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