One Hundred Fables: Original and Selected. Embellished with Two Hundered and Eighty Engravings on Wood

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Geo. Lawford, 1828 - 265 pages

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Page 147 - ... a discovery of this kind serves not to reclaim, but enrage the offender, and precipitate him into farther degrees of ill. Modesty and fear of shame is one of those natural restraints which the wisdom of heaven has put upon mankind ; and he that once stumbles, may yet by a check of that bridle recover again : but, when by a public detection he is fallen under that infamy he feared, he will then be apt to discard all caution, and to think he owes himself the utmost pleasures of vice, as the price...
Page 136 - There is nothing further to be sought for with earnestness, than what will clothe and feed us. If we pamper ourselves in our diet, or give our imaginations a loose in our desires, the body will no longer obey the mind. Let us think no further than to defend ourselves against hunger, thirst, and cold.
Page 71 - I'd brave the eagle's towering wing, Might I but fly without a string. ' It tugg'd and pull'd while thus it spoke, To break the string at last it broke. Deprived at once of all its stay, In vain it tried to soar away; Unable its own weight to bear, It flutter'd downward through the air; Unable its own course to guide, The winds soon plunged it in the tide.
Page 71 - The winds soon plunged it in the tide. Ah ! foolish kite, thou hadst no wing, How could'st thou fly without a string ? My heart replied, " O Lord I see How much this kite resembles me, Forgetful that by Thee I stand, Impatient of Thy ruling hand ; How oft I've...
Page 181 - Thus ofler'd (gratis) her advice :" Turn, little Girl ! behold in me A stimulus to industry ; Compare your woes, my dear, with mine, Then tell me who should most repine : This morning...
Page 136 - ... tranquillity, to fix our minds upon any thing which is in the power of fortune. It is excusable only in animals who have not the use of reason, to be catched by hooks and baits. Wealth, glory, and power, which the ordinary people look up at with admiration, the learned and wise know to be only so many snares laid to enslave them.
Page 263 - For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no pre-eminence above a beast: for all is vanity. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
Page 70 - Once on a time a paper kite Was mounted to a wondrous height, Where, giddy with its elevation, It thus expressed self-admiration : ' See how yon crowds of gazing people Admire my flight above the steeple; How would they wonder if they knew...
Page 137 - We should learn, that none but intellectual possessions are what we can properly call our own. All things from without are but borrowed. What fortune gives us, is not ours ; and whatever she gives, she can take away.
Page 94 - My dear, if you will join Your hand in nuptial bonds with mine, All will be well ; you shall have store, And I be plagu'd with wealth no more. Though I restrain your bounteous heart, You still shall act the gen'rous part.

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