A New Work of Animals: Principally Designed from the Fables of Æsop, Gay, and Phædrus: Containing One Hundred Plates

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E. Orme, 1811 - 115 страници
"Samuel Howitt (1765-1822) was certainly one of England's greatest artists of animals. He was a brother-in-law of Thomas Rowlandson and shared some of his artistic traits, above all vivacity; but he was more truthful and accurate in his delineations of animals than was Rowlandson"--Abebooks website.

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Страница 98 - Now grateful man rewards my pains, And gives me all these wide domains. At will I crop the year's increase; My latter life is rest and peace. I grant to man we lend our pains, And aid him to correct the plains; But doth not he divide the care, Through all the labours of the year? How many thousand structures rise, To fence us from inclement skies ! For us he bears the sultry day, And stores up all our winter's hay. He sows, he reaps the harvest's gain; We share the toil, and share the grain. Since...
Страница 91 - She next the stately Bull implored, And thus replied the mighty lord : 'Since every beast alive can tell That I sincerely wish you well, I may, without offence, pretend To take the freedom of a friend. Love calls me hence ; a favourite cow Expects me near yon barley-mow ; And when a lady's in the case, You know all other things give place. To leave you thus might seem unkind, But see the Goat is just behind.' The Goat remarked her pulse was high, Her languid head, her heavy eye ; 'My back,' says...
Страница 91 - And from the deep-mouthed thunder flies: She starts, she stops, she pants for breath; She hears the near advance of death; She doubles, to mislead the hound, And measures back her mazy round, Till, fainting in the public way, Half dead with fear she gasping lay. What transport in her bosom grew, When first the Horse appeared in view! "Let me," says she, "your back ascend, And owe my safety to a friend.
Страница 91 - your back ascend, And owe my safety to a friend. You know my feet betray my flight; To friendship every burden's light." The Horse replied, " Poor honest Puss, It grieves my heart to see thee thus; Be comforted; relief is near, For all your friends are in the rear.
Страница 88 - Had not thy forward noisy tongue Proclaim'd thee always in the wrong, Thou might'st have mingled with the rest, And ne'er thy foolish nose confest; But fools, to talking ever prone, Are sure to make their follies known.
Страница 98 - Who graz'd among a numerous breed, With mutiny had fir'd the train, And spread dissension through the plain. On matters that concern'd the state The Council met in grand debate. A Colt, whose eyeballs flam'd with ire, Elate with strength and youthful fire, In haste...
Страница 92 - I (says he) of tender age, In this important care engage ? Older and abler pass'd you by; How strong are those! how weak am I ! Should I presume to bear you hence, Those friends of mine may take offence. Excuse me, then : you know my heart; But dearest friends, alas ! must part. How shall we all lament! Adieu ; For see the hounds are just in view.
Страница 70 - Now, as they were jogging on together, the Wolf spied a crease in the Dog's neck, and having a strange curiosity, could not forbear asking him what it meant. " Pooh ! nothing, " says the Dog. — "Nay, but pray —
Страница 73 - True, says the Man, the strength I saw Might well the brutal nation awe : But shall a monarch, brave like you, Place glory in so false a view ? Robbers invade their neighbour's right. 65 Be loved : let justice bound your might. Mean are ambitious heroes' boasts Of wasted lands and slaughter'd hosts.