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FABLE VII.

OF THE SHEPHERD'S BOY AND THE

HUSBANDMEN.
S a boy was looking after some sheep in a meadow, he

would oftentimes, in jest, cry out, that the wolf was among them; which made the neighbouring husbandmen come out to his assistance, and then he would laugh at them, for being such fools as to come when he did not want them.

At last the wolf came in earnest; and the boy began to cry out as usual; but the husbandmen, thinking that he only wanted to delude them again, bever troubled themselves about him, but let him cry on; and so the sheep became an easy prey to the wolf, and were destroyed.

The interpretation.

Some men have such a faculty of jesting, that the most important and sacred truths cannot escape them; others are as notorious for lying; the consequence of which is, a dislike to their company, and a total disregard to every thing they say; for when once the deceiver is known, his credit is lost and he is for ever derided in every company.

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N ill-patured dog laid himself down in a manger full of

hay. Presently came an ox to feed; but the dog, in a surly manner, bid him be gone.

Well, replied the ox, Thou wilt neither eat the hay thyself, uor susfer others to eat it; therefore stay there in this thy envious humour, and keep away every ox, and then thy envy will become thy punishment.

The dog did so, and by that means starved himself.

The interpretation. Envy torments both the body and the mind, and is deservedly its own punisher. Thus, we see, some men are content to lose a blessing themselves, that others may not enjoy it.

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FABLE IX.

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OF THE DOVE AND THE BEE. THIRSTY bee came to a fountain to drink; but being

too hasty, fell in. A dove, in a neighbouring tree, seeiog the bee struggle for life, set herself upon a branch that hung over the fountain, and by her weight, brought it to the water, that the bee might get upon it; and so saved her life.

Some short time after, a snare was laid for the dore; and while the fowler was drawing his net together, the bee (who at that instant was flying over) seeing her deliverer in such dauger, stung the fowler so severely, that he was obliged to let the pet go again, by which means the dove escaped.

The interpretation.

Be helpful to thy friend; and always return thanks to those who deserve them.

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Evil be to them that evil think. Also-Throw

a crust to a surly dog and he will bite you.

FABLU X. OF THE GOOD NATURED MAN AND THE ADDER.

GOOD natured man being obliged to go out in frosty

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frozen to death, which he brought with him, and laid before the fire.

As soon as the creature had received fresh life by the warmth, and was come to herself, she began to biss, aod fly about the house; and at length killed one of the children.

Well, says the man, if this is the best return that you can make for my kind offices, you shall e'en share in the same fate yourself, and so killed her immediately.

The interpretation.

Ingratitude is one of the blackest crimes that a man can be guilty of: it is hateful both to God and mad, and frequently brings upon such a graceless wretch all that mischief, which he either did or thought to do to another.

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Lazy folks take the most pains. Also-Give a man his bread and cheese when he has

earned it.

FABLE XI. OF THE OLD WOMAN AND HER MAIDS.

CERTAIN old woman, baviog about her a parcel of

idle maids, would oblige them to rise every morning at the cock crowing:

But the maids looking on this as an hardship, resolved to put a stop to this growing evil, and so cut off the cock's head; thinking that they might then lie a-bed securely, and indulge themselves in their laziness.

But the careful mistress soon frustrated their designs, and ordered a bell to be brought to her, with which she ever after rung them up at midnight.

The interpretation. It is good to be industrious; for laziness is commonly punished with want: and drowsiness, saith Solomon, will cover a man with rags.

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