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70. A CAMEL AT FIRST SIGHT (Perry 195)

Upon the first Sight of a Camel, all People ran from it, in Amazement at so monstrous a Bulk. Upon the second sight, finding that it did them no hurt, they took heart upon’t, went up to’t, and view’d it. But when they came, upon further Experience, to take notice, how stupid a Beast it was, they ty’d it up, bridled it, loaded it with Packs and Burdens, set Boys upon the Back on’t, and treated it with the last Degree of Contempt.


71. A FOX AND A LION (Perry 10)

A Fox had the hap to fall into the Walk of a Lion, (the first of the kind that he ever saw) and he was ready to drop down at the very Sight of him. He came a-while after to see another, and was frighted still, but nothing to what he was before. It was his Chance, after this, to meet a third Lion, and he had the Courage, then, to accost him, and to make a kind of an Acquaintance with him.

THE MORAL OF THE TWO FABLES ABOVE. Novelty surprizes us, and we have naturally a Horror for uncouth mishapen Monsters; but ‘tis our Ignorance that staggers us, for upon Custom and Experience all these Bugs grow familiar and easy to us.


72. AN EAGLE AND A FOX (Perry 1)

There was a Bargain struck up betwixt an Eagle and a Fox to be wonderful good Neighbours and Friends. The one took up in a Thicket of Brushwood, and the other timber’d upon a Tree hard by. The Eagle one day when the Fox was abroad a foraging, fell into his Quarters, and carried away a whole Litter of Cubs at a Swoop. The Fox came time enough back to see the Eagle upon the Wing with her Prey in the Foot, and to send many a heavy Curse after her; but there was no overtaking her. It happen’d in a very short time after this, upon the sacrificing of a Goat, that the same Eagle made a swoop at a Piece of Flesh upon the Altar, and she took it away to her Young: But some live Coals it seems that stuck to’t, set the Nest on Fire. The Birds were not as yet fledged enough to shift for themselves, but upon sprawling and struggling to get clear of the Flame, down they tumbled, half-roasted, into the very Mouth of the Fox, that stood gaping under the Tree to see the End on’t: So that the Fox had the Satisfaction at last of devouring the Children of her Enemy in the very sight of the Dam.

THE MORAL. God reserves to himself the Punishment of faithless and oppressing Governors, and the vindication of his own Worship and Altars. 


73. AN EAGLE AND A DAW (Perry 2)

An Eagle made a stoop and a Lamb; truss’d it, and took it cleverly away with her. A mimical Daw, that saw this Exploit, would needs try the same Experiment upon a Ram: But his claws were so shackled in the Fleece with lugging to get him up, the Shepherd came in, and caught him, before he could clear himself; he clipt his Wings, and carried him home to his Children to play withal. They came gaping about him, and ask’d their Father what strange Bird that was? Why, says he, he’ll tell you himself that he’s an Eagle; but if you’ll take my word for’t; I know him to be a Daw.

THE MORAL. ‘Tis a high degree of Vanity and folly, for Men to take more upon them than they are able to go through withal; and the End of those Undertakings is only Mockery and Disappointment in the Conclusion.



A poor innocent Stork had the ill Hap to be taken in a Net that was laid for Geese and Cranes. The Stork’s Plea for herself was Simplicity and Piety: The Love she bare to Mankind, and the Service she did in picking up venomous Creatures. This is all true, says the Husbandman; but they that keep ill Company, if they be catch’d with ill Company, must expect to suffer with ill Company.

THE MORAL. ‘Tis as much as a Man’s Life, Fortune, and Reputation are worth, to keep good Company (over and above the Contagion of leud Examples;) for as Birds of a Feather will flock together, so if the good and bad be taken together, they must expect to go the Way of all Flesh together. 


75. A BOY AND FALSE ALARMS (Perry 210)

A Shepherd’s Boy had gotten a roguy Trick of crying [a Wolfe, a Wolfe] when there was no such Matter, and fooling the Country People with false Alarms. He had been at this Sport so many times in Jest, that they would not believe him at last he was in Earnest: And so the Wolves brake in upon the Flock, and worry’d the Sheep at Pleasure.

THE MORAL. He must be a very wise Man that knows the true Bonds, and Measures of fooling, with a respect to Time, Place, Matters, Persons, &c. But Religion, Business, and Cases of Consequence must be expected out of that sort of Liberty.


76. A DOG IN A MANGER  (not in Perry)

A churlish envious Cur was gotten into a manger, and there lay growling and snarling to keep the Provender. The Dog eat none himself, and yet rather ventur’d the starving his own Carcase than he would suffer any Thing to be the better for’t.

THE MORAL. Envy pretends to no other Happiness than what it derives from the Misery of other People, and will rather eat nothing itself than not to starve those that would. 


77. AN OLD WEAZLE AND MICE (Perry 511)

An old Weazle that was now almost past mousing, try’d what she could do by her Wits, when she found she could live no longer upon the Square, and so conveys her self into a Meal-Tub for the mice to come to her, since she could not go to them. They came thick and threefold at a time, as she expected they should, till at last one experienced Stager, that had baffled twenty Traps and Tricks before, discover’d the Plot, and quite spoil’d the Jest.

THE MORAL. The want of a Force, Strength, and other Abilities to compass our Ends, must be supply’d by Industry and Invention.



A certain Farmer had one choice Apple-Tree in his Orchard, that he valued above all the rest, and made his Landlord every Year a Present of the Fruit on’t. He lik’d the Apples so very well, that nothing would serve him but transplanting the Tree into his own Grounds. It wither’d presently upon the Removal, and so there was an end of both Fruit and Tree together. The News was no sooner brought to the Landlord, but he brake out into this Reflection upon it: This comes, says he, of transplanting an old Tree, to gratify and extravagant Appetite: whereas, if I could have contented my self with the Fruit, and left my Tenant the Tree still, all had been well.

THE MORAL. Nature has her certain Methods and Seasons for the doing of every thing, and there must be no trying of Experiments to put her out of her Course.


79. A SHEEP AND A CROW (Perry 553)

There was a Crow sat chattering upon the Back of a Sheep: Well! Sirrah, says the Sheep, you durst not ha’ done this to a Dog. Why, I know that, says the Crow, as well as you can tell me, for I have the Wit to consider whom I have to do withal. I can be as quiet as any body with those that are quarrelsome, and I can be as troublesome as another too, when I meet with those that will take it.

THE MORAL. ‘Tis the Nature and Practice of Drolls and Buffoons, to be insolent toward those that will bear it, and as slavish as others more than their Match.


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