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of the Elephant, and trusting that he should find him as unfit to fight as to fly, he bounded towards him, and snatched, with open jaws, at his proboscis. The Elephant instantly contracted it, with great presence of mind; and receiving the furious beast on his turks, toffed him up a confiderable height into the air. Stunned with his fall, the Tiger lay motionless fome time ; and the generous Elephant, disdaining revenge, left him to recover from his bruises. When the Ti. ger came to himself (like the aggreffor in every quarrel) he was enraged at the repulse; and pursuing his injured and peaceful adversary, he again affailed him with redoubled violence. The resentment of the Elephant was now roused: He wounded the Tiger with his tusks, and then beat him to death with his trunk.
Does the ferocity of the Tiger merit the honourable appellation of Courage ? Or will you not rather apply that epithet to the calm intrepidity of the inoffensive Elephant ?--True courage is always cxerted in repelling, not in offering injuries.
IV. The DRAGON and the two Foxes. A Treasure being hid in a deep cave, a Dragon t watched it night and day. Two crafty Foxes, who had always made thieving their business, by their Batteries, foon worked themselves into his favour; and fo foothed the Dragon, that he' made them his bofom confidents. We must not always conclude the most complaisant the truest friends. They talked to him with refpect, admired every one of his whims, were of his opinion in every thing, and in their sleeves laughed at their cully. One day the Dragon fell asleep, and they directly strangled him, and took poffeffion of his treasure: But now the difficulty was how to share it, for villains feldom agree but in the execution of their villainy. One of them began to moralize thus: “ What good will all this money do us; a small bit of flesh would be more serviceable; gold is too hard to be eaten or digelted : Men surely must be fools to delight in riches, but let not us imitate their folly." The other pretended that these reflections had made an impression upon him, and told his companion, “ That he would live as became a philosopher, and carry all his wealth about with him.” In this mood they both abandoned the treasure; but soon returning, met with each other, quarrelled, and torc one another to pieces. As they lay, fide by side, expiring, a man accidentally passed by, 'who, informed of the occasion of their quarrelling, told them “ they were both fools.” “ And so is your whole race then," replied one of the foxes; “ for it is not in your power, more than ours, to feed upon gold, and yet for the fake of it you put one another to death. That which was brought in amongst you for convenience sake, has proved your greatest misfortune ; and whilft you are seeking imaginary wealth, you lose what is really good.”..
v The B E E S. A Young Prince, in that season of the year when A all Nature shews itself in the greatest degree of perfection, took a walk one day through a delicious garden; he heard a great noise, and looking about, perceived a hive of Bees. He approached that object, which was entirely new to him, and observed, with amazement, the order, care, and business of that little commonwealth. The cells began to be formed into a regular figure, and one party of the Bees was storing them with nectar, while another was employed in supplying them with thyme, which they gathered from among all the riches of the Spring. Lazinefs and Inactivity were banished the society, every thing was in motion, without confusion or disorder. The more considerable gave out their orders, and were obeyed by their inferiors, without any manner of murmur, jea
lousya lousy, or unwillingness. The Prince was extremely surprised, as having never seen any thing equal to their polity before; when a Bee, who was considered as Queen of the hive, addressed him thus: “The view you have before you, young Prince, must be entertain. ing, but may be inade inftructive. We suffer nothing like disorder, nor licentiousness among us; they are most esteemed who, by their capacity and diligence; can do most for the public weal. Our first places are always bestowed where there is most merit ; and last of all, we are taking pains day and night for the benefit of man. Go, and imitate us, introduce that order and discipline among men you so much admire in other creatures."
VI. The Belly and the MEMBERS.
A ENENIUS AGRIPPA, a Roman Confut, IVL being deputed by the Senate to oppose a dangerous tumult and fedition of the people, who refused to pay the taxes necessary for carrying on the business of the state, convinced them of their folly, by delivering to them the following fable :
"My friends and countrymen, said he, attend to my words. It once happened that the members of the human body, taking fome exception at the conduct of the belly, resolved no longer to grant him any more supplies. The tongue first, in a feciticus fpeech; aggravated their grievances; and after highly extolling the activity and diligence of 'the hands and feet, seť forth how hard and unreasonable it was, that the fruits of their labour should be squandered away upon the insatiable cravings of a fat and indolent paunch, which was entirely useless, and, unable to do any thing towards helping himself. This speech was received vrith unanimous applause by all the members. Immediately the hands declared they would work no more; the feet determined to carry no farther'the load of guts with which they had hitherto been oppressed ; nay, the very teeth refused to prepare a single morsel more for his use. In this distress, the belly befonght them to consider maturely, and not foment so senseless a rebellion. There is none of you, says he, but may be
sensible, that whatsoever you bestow upon me is immedi. "ately converted to your ufe, and dispersed by ine for the good of you all into every limb. But he remonstrated in vain ; for during the clamours of passion, the voice of reason is always' unregarded. It being therefore *impossible for him to quiet the tumult, he was starved
for want of their aslistance, and the body wasted away to a skeleton. The liinbs; grown weak and languid, were sensible .at last of their error, and would fain "have returned to their respective duty ; but it was now too late, death had taken poffefsion of the whole, and they all perished together;":"
VII. The Fox and the RAVEN. A Fox observing a Raven perched on the branch of A a tree, with a fine piece of cheese in her mouth, immediately began to consider how he"might poffefs himself of fo delicious a morsel:' Dear madam, said he, I am extremely glad to have the pleasure of feeing you this morning; your beautiful shape and shining feathers are the delight of my eyes; and would you condescend to favour me with a long, I doubt not but your voice is equal to the rest of your accomplish ments. Deluded with this flattering speech, the transported Raven opened her mouth, in order to give him a specimen of her pipe; when down dropt the cheese, which the Fox immediately snatched up, bore away in triumph, leaving the Raven to lament her credulous vanity at her leisure.
VIII. AVARICE and the EARTH. . . UR old mother Earth once lodged an indictment U against Avarice, before the court of Jupiter, for her wicked and malicious council and advice, in tempting, inducing, perfuading, and traiterously seducing the children of the plaintiff, to commit the deteftable crime of parricide upon her, by mangling her body, and ranfaçking her very bowels for hidden treasure. The indictment was very long and verbose ; but we must omit a great part of the repetitions and synonimous terms, not to cire our readers too much with our tale. Avarice being called to answer to this charge, had not much to say in her own defence. The injury was clearly proved upon her. The fact indeed was notorious, and the injury had been frequently repeated. When therefore the plaintiff demanded justice, Jupiter readily gave fentence in her favour; and his decree was to this purpose : “ That fince dame Avarice, the defendant, had thus grievously injured dame Earth, the plaintiff, the was hereby ordered to take that treasure, of which the had feloniously robbed the Earth, by ranfacking her bosom, and in the fame manner as before, opening her bofom, restore it back to her, without diminution or retention. From this fentence it shall follow (says Jupiter to the by-standers) that in all fum turc ages the retainers of Avarice shall bury and conccal their riches, and thereby restore to the Earth what they took from her."
JX. TbE WOLs,and the SHEPHERDS. T TOW apt men are to condemn in others what
2 they practise themselves without fcruple! TWolf, says Plutarch, peeping into a hut, where a company of Shepherds were regaling themselves with a shoulder of mutton ; Lord, said he, what a clamour would these men have raised, if they bad catched me at such a banquet !