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“ Within these woods I reign alone; «« The boundless forest is my own. “ Bears, wolves, and all the savage brood, 55 “ Have dy'd the regal den with blood. “ These carcasses on either hand, «. Those bones that whiten all the land, “ My former deeds and triumphs tell, " Beneath these jaws what numbers fell."
“ 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 lov'd; let justice bound your might. • « Mean are ambitious heroes' boasts
“ Of wasted lands and flaughter'd hosts. “ Pirates their power by murders gain; “ Wife kings by love and mercy reign.
70 “ To me your clemency hath shown # The virtue worthy of a throne. “ Heaven gives you power above the rest, “ Like Heaven, to succour the distreft.'
The case is plain,” the monarch said; 75 “ False glory hath my youth misled; (“. For beasts of prey, a servile train, “ Have been the flatterers of my reign. ". You reason well. Yet tell me, friend, Did ever you in courts attend ?
80 “ For all my fawning rogues agree, « That human heroes rule like me." Vol. XXXVII. D
F A B L E II.
AND THE CAMELEON
SPANIEL, bred with all the care
That waits upon a favourite heir,
The wind was south, the morning fair,
all the meadow round,
“ Dear emblem of the flattering hoft,
“ Sir," says the Sycophant, “ like you, “ Of old, politer life I knew :
Like you, a courtier born and bred,
My whisper always met success;
F A B L E III.
THE MOTHER, THE NURSE, AND THE FAIRY.
G'VE me a son. The blefling sent,
Were ever parents more content? How partial are their doting eyes! No child is half so fair and wise.
Wak'd to the morning's pleasing care, The mother rose, and fought her heir.
She saw the Nurse like one poffeft,
« Sure fome disaster has befell!
Dear Madam, think not me to blame;
“ The woman's blind, the mother cries; I see wit sparkle in his eyes.”
Lord! Madam, what a squinting leer!
Just as she spoke, a pigmy sprite
“ Whence sprung the vain conceited lye,
upon our own. Where yet was ever found a Mother Who'd give her booby for another ? . And, should we change with human breed, Well might we pass for fools indeed.”
THE EAGLE AND THE ASSEMBLY OF ANIMALS.
S Jupiter's all-seeing eye
Survey'd the worlds beneath the sky,
5 That he the hardeft life sustain'd.
Jove calls his Eagle. At the word,
Ungrateful creatures! whence arise
“ Hard is my lot, the Hound replies ;