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L-XXV. The BLIND Man and the Lame: IT is from our wants and infirinities that alınost all
1 the connections of society take their rise.- A blind Man being stopped in a bad piece of road, met with a lame Man, and intreats him to guide him through the difficulty he was got into. How can I do that, replied the lame Man, since I am scarce able to drag myself along? But as you appear to be very strong, if you will earry, me, we will seek our fortunes together. It will then be my interest to warn you of any thing that may obstruct your way; your feet Thall be my feet, and my eyes yours. With all my heart, returned the blind. Man ; let us render each other our mutual services. So taking his lame companion on his back, they, by means of their union, travelled on with safety and pleasure.
LXXVI. The Fox and the CAT. TOTHING is more common than for men to
condemn the rery laine actions in others, which they practise themselves whenever occasion offers.
A Fox and a Cat having male a party to travel together, beguiled the tediousnefs of their journey by a variety of philofophical conversation. Of ail the moral virtues, exclaimed Reynard, mercy is sure the nobleit! What say you, my fage friend, is it not fo? Undoubtedly, replied the Cat, with a most demure countenance; nothing is more becoming, in a ereature of any :fenfibility, than a compassionate dit. pofition. While they were thus philosophizing, mutually complimenting each o:her on the wisdom of their refpective reflections, a Wolf darted out from a wood upon a flock of sheep which were feeding in an adjacent niemow, and without being the least affected by the moving lamentations of a poor Lamb, devoured it before their eyese. Horrible cruelty ! ex
claimed the Cat; why does he not feed on vermin, instead of making his barbarous meals on such innocent creatures? Reynard agreed with his friend in the observation; to which he added several very pathetic remarks on the odiousness of a fanguinary temper. Their indignation was rising in its warmth and zeal, when they arrived at a little cottage by the wayside; where the tender-hearted Reynard immediately cast his eye upon a fine Cock that was ftrutting about in the yard. And now adieu moralizing : He leaped over the pales, and without any sort of scruple, demolished his prize in an instant. In the mean while, a plump Rat, which ran out of the stable, totally put to flight our Cat's philosophy, who fell to the repast without the least commiseration,
LXXVII. The Two HORSE S. TWO Horses were travelling the road together; T one loaded with a fack of flour, the other -with a sum of money. The latter, proud of his splendid burden, tofled his head with an air of conscious superiority, and every now and then cast a look of con. tempt upon his humble companion. In passing thro' a rood, they were met by a gang of highwaymen, who immediately seized upon the Horse that was carrying the treasure; but the spirited Stead, not being altogether disposed to stand so quietly as was necessary for their purpose, they beat him most unmercifully; and after plundering him of his boasted load, left him to lament at his leisure the cruel wounds he had re. ceived. Friend, said his despised companion to him, (who had now reason to triumph in his turn) distinguished posts are often dangerous to those who por. fels them: If you had served a Miller, as I do, you might have travelled the road unmolested.
LXXVIII. The Ant and the CATERPILLAR. A S a Caterpillar was creeping very slowly along A one of the alleys of a beautiful garden, he was met by a pert lively Anty who, toffing up her head with a scornful air, cried, -Prithee get out of the way, thou poor creeping animal, and do not presume to obstruct the paths of thy superiors, by crawling along the road, and besmearing the walks appropriated to their footsteps. Poor creature! thou lookest like a thing half made, which Nature not liking, threw by unfinished. I could almost pity thee, methinks; but it is beneath one of my quality to talk to such little mean creatures as thee; and so, poor creeping wretch, adieu. - The huinble Caterpillar, struck durob with this disdainful language, retired, went to work, wound himself up in a filken cell, and at the appointed tiine. came out a beautiful Butterfly. Just as he was inuing forth, he observed the scornful Ant passing by. Stop a moment, Madam, said he, and listen to what I Thail say. Let me advise you never to despise any one for his condition, as there are none so mean but they may one day change their fortunc. You behold me now exalted in the air, whereas you must creep as long as you live.
LXXIX. The two FOX E $. TWO Foxės forined a stratagem to enter a henT roost; which having successfully executed, and killed the cock, the hens, and the chickens, they began to feed upon them with singular satisfaction. One of the Foxes, who was young and inconsiderate, was for devouring them all upon the fpot; the other, who was old and covetous, proposed the reserving some of thein for another time : l'or experience, child, said he, has made me wise, and I have seen many unexpected events lince I came into the world. Let us
ptovice, provide, therefore, against what may happen, and not consume all our store at one meal. All this is wonderous wife, replied the young Fox; but for my own part, I am resolved not to ftir till I have eaten as much as will serve me a whole week; for who would be mad enough to return hither, when it is certain the owner of these fowls will watch for us, and if he should catch us, would infallibly put us to death! - After this short discourse, each pursued his own fancy; the young Fox eat till he burst himself, and had scarcely strength to reach his hole before he died. The old one, who thought it much better to deny his appetite for the present, and lay up provision for the future, returned the next day, and was killed by the Farmer.-Tbus every age has its' peculiar vice : The Young fuffer by their infatiable thirft after pleasure ; and ine Old by their inordinate avarice.
LXXX. The l'ASSENGER and the PILOT. TT had blown a violent storm at fea, and the whole
1 crew of a veffel were in imminent danger of shipwreck. After the rolling of the waves was somewhat abted, a certain Passenger who had never been at sea before, observing the Pilot to have appeared wholly unconcerned even in their greatest danger, had the cus riosity to ask what death his father died. What death? faid the Pilot ; why, he perished at sea, as my grandfather did before him. Are not you afraid of trusting yourself to an element that has proved thus fatal to your family? Afraid! by no means ; why, we must all die : Is not your father dead? Yes, but he died in his bed. And why then are not you afraid of trusting yourself to your bed ? Becaufe I am there perfectly fecure. It may be, replied the Pilot; but if the hand of Providence is equally extended over all places, there is no more reason for me to be afraid of going to sea, than for you to be afraid of going to bed.
LXXXI. The Dove and the ANT. INTE should always be ready to do good offices,
V even to the meanest of our fellow-creatures, as there is no one to whose affiftance we may not, upon some occasion or other, be greatly indebted.
A Dove was fipping from the banks of a rivulet, when an Ant, who was at the fame time trailing a grain of corn along the edge of the brook, inadver. tently fell in. The Dove, observing the helpless infect struggling in vain to reach the Thore, was touched with compaffion; and plucking a blade of grass, dropped it into the stream ; by means of which, the poor Ant, like a ship-wrecked failor upon a plank, got fafe to land. She had scarcely arrived there, when she perceived a fowler just going to discharge his piece åt her deliverer: Upon which, she instantly crept up his foot, and ftung him on the ankle. 'l'he sportiman starting, occasioned a rustling among the boughs; which alarmed the Dove, who immediately sprung up, and by that means escaped the danger with which the was threatened.
LXXXII. The NOBLEMAN and his Son. A Certain Nobleman, nguch infected by superstition, A dreamed one night his only Son, a youth about fifteen years of age, was thrown from his horse as he was hunting, and killed upon the spot. This idle dream made so strong an impreffion upon the weak and credulous Father, that he formed a refolution ne." ver more to suffer his Son to partake of this his favourite amusement. The next morning that the hounds went out, the young man requested periniffion to follow them ; but instead of receiving it, as usual, his Father acquainted him with his dream, and pireinptorily enjoined him to forbear the sport. The youth, grea:ly mortified at the unexpected resuii,