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of state : but as it may be my ill fortune to be there denied adınitiance, enquire for some cottage where contentment has a bower, and there you will certainly find me.” “Ah, my dear companions," said Reputation very earnestly, "you, I perceive, when missing, may possibly be recovered ; but take care, I entreat you, always to keep sight of me, for if I am once lost, I ain never to be retrieved.”

THE EAGLE AND THE OWL, An eagle and an owl having entered into a league of mutual amity, one of the articles of their treaty was, that the former should not prey upon the younglings of the latter. But tell me," said the owl," should you know my little ones if you were to see them?” “ Indeed I should not," replied the eagle;.“ but if you describe them to me, it will be sufficient. " You are to observe then," returned the owl, “ in the first place, that the charming creatures are perfectly well shaped ; in the next, that there is a reinarkable sweeiness'and viva: city in their countenances; and then there is something in their voices so peculiarly melodious"_" 'Tis enough, interrupted the eagle; “ by these marks I cannot fail of distian guishing them: and you may depend upon their never receiving any injury from me." It happened not long afterwards, as the eagle was upon the wing in quest of his preys that be discovered amidst the ruins of an old castle, a nest of grim-faced ugly birds, with gloomy countenances, and a. voice like that of the furies. “These undoubtedly,” said he, " cannot be the offspring of my friend, and so I shall venture to make free with them.” He had scarce finished his repast and departed, when the owl returned ; who finding nothing of her brood remaining but some fragments of the mangled eareasses, broke out into the most bitter exclaniations against the cruel and perfidious anthor of her calamity. A neigh bouring bat, who overheard her lamentations, and had been witness to what had passed between her and the eagle, very gravely told her, that she had nobody to blame for this misfortune but herself, whose blind prejudices in favour of her children, had prompted her to give such a description of them, as did not resemble them in any one single feature or quality.

Parents should very carefully guard against that weak partiality towards their children, which renders them blind to their failings and imperfections : as no disposition is more likely to prove prejudicial io their future welfare.

THE TWO FOXES. Two foxés formed a stratagem to enter a hen-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 devouriog them all upon the spot : the other, who was old and covetous, proposed to reserve some of them for another time: “ For experience, child,” said he, “bas made me wise, and I have seen many unexpected events since I came into the world. Let us provide, therefore, against what may happen, and not consume all our store at one meal." “ All this is wondrous wise,” replied the young fox;" but for my part, I am resolved not to stir 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 certainly put us to death." After this short discourse, each pursued his own scheme: the young fox eat till he burst himself, and had scarcely strength to reach bis bole 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. Thas every age has its peculiar vice: the young suffer by their insatiable thirst after pleasure; and the old, by their incorrigible and inordinate avarice.

THE CAT AND THE BAT. A cat having devoured her master's favourite bulfinch, overheard him threatening to put her to death the moment he could find her. In this distress she preferred a prayer to Jupiter, vowing, if he would deliver her from her present danger, that never while she lived would she eat another bird. Not long afterwards, a bat most invitingly flew into the room where puss was purring in the window. The question was, how to act upon $o tempting an occasion. Her appetite pressed hard on one side; and her vow threw some scruples in her way on the other. At length she hit upon a most convenient distinction to remove all diffic culties, by determining that as a bird indeed it was an unlawful prize, but as a mouse she might very conscientiously eat it; and accordingly without further debate fell to the repast.

Thus it is that men are apt to impose upon themselves by vain and groundless distinctions, when conscience and principle are at variance with interest and inclination.

“I find,”

THE DIAMOND AND THE LOADSTONE. A diamond of great beauty and lustre observing not only many other gems of a lower class, ranged together with him in the same cabinet, but a loadstone likewise placed not far from him, began to question the latter how he came there; and what pretensions he had to be ranked among the precious stones : he, who appeared to be no better than a mere fint ; a sorry, coarse, rusty-looking pebble; without any the least shining quality to advance him to such an bonour; and concluded with desiring him to keep his distance, and pay a proper respect to his superiors. said the loadstone, “ you judge by external appearances; and it is your interest that others should form their judgment by the same rule. I must own I have nothing to boast of in that respect; but I may venture to say, that I make amnends for my outward defects, by my inward qualities. The great improvement of navigation in these latter ages is entirely owing to me. It is owing to me that the distant parts of the world are known and accessible to each other ; that the remotest nations are connected together, and all in a manger united into one coinmon society; that by a mutual intercourse they relieve one another's wants, and all enjoy the several blessings peculiar to each. Great Britain is indebted to me for her wealth, her splendour, and her power; and the arts and sciences are in a great measure obliged to me for their late improvements, and their continual increase. I am willing to allow you your due praise in its full extent; you are a very pretty bauble; I am mightily de.. lighted to see you glitter and sparkle ; I look upon you with pleasure and surprise: bụt I must be convinced that you are of some sort of use before I acknowledge that you have any real merit, or treat you, with that respect which you seem to demand."

THE MONSTER IN THE SUN. An astronomer was observing the sun through a telescope, in order to take an exact draught of the several spots, which appear upon the face of it. While he was intent upon his observations, he was on a sudden surprised with a néw and astonishing appearance; a large portion of the

surface of the sun was at once covered by a mönster of enormous size, and borrible form; it had an immense paic of wings, a great number of legs, and a long and vast proboscis; and that it was alive was very apparent, from its quick and violent motions, which the observer could froin time to time plainly perceive. Being sure of the fact (for how could he be mistaken in what he saw so clearly :) our. philosopher began to draw many surprising conclusions from premises so well established. He calculated the magnitude of this extraordioary animal, and found that he covered about two square degrees of the sun's surface; that, placed upon the earth, be would spread over half one hemisphere of it, and that he was seven or eight times as big as the moon.

But what was most astonishing, was the prodigious heat that he must endure: it was plain that he was something of the nature of the salamander, but of a far more fiery temperamerit; for it was demonstrable, from the clearest principles, that in his present situation he must have acquired a degree of heat two thousand times exceed. ing that of red-hot iron. It was a problem worth consider, ing, whether he subsisted upon the gross vapours of the son, and so from time to time cleared away those spots which they are perpetually forming, and which would otherwise wholly obscure and incrustrate its face; or whether he might not feed on the solid substance of the orb itself, which, by this means, together with the constant expense of light, must soon be exhausted and consumed; or whether he was not now and then supplied by the falling of some eccentric comet into the sun. However this might be, he found by computation, that the earth would be but short allowance for him for a few months : apd farther, it was no improbable conjecture, that as the earth was destined to be destroyed by fire, this fiery flying monster would remove hither at the appointed time, and might much more easily. and conveniently effect a conflagration, than any comet hitherto provided for that service. In the earnest pursuit of these, and many the like deep and curious speculations, the astronomer was engaged, and was preparing to communicate them to the public. In the inean time, the discovery began to be much talked of; and all ibe virtuosi gathered together to see so strange a sight. They were equally convinced of the accuracy of the observation, and of the conclusions so clearly deduced from it. At last, one more cautious than the rest, was resolved, before be gave a: full assent to the report of his senses, to examine the whole


process of the affair, and all the parts of the instrument: he opened the telescope, and behold! a small fly was in closed in it, which, having settled on the centre of the object-glass, had given occasion to all this marvellous theory.'

How often do men, through prejudice and passion, through envy and malice, fix upon the brightest and most exalted character the grossest and most improbable impu-, tations! It behoves us upon such occasions to be upon our guard, and to suspend our judgments; the fault, perhaps, is not in the object, but in the mind of the observer,

THE LAURUSTINUS AND THE ROSE-TREE. In the quarters of a shrubbery, where deciduous plants and evergreens were intermingled with an air' of negligence, it happened that a rose grew not far from a laurustinus. The rose, enlivened by the breath of June, and attired in all its gorgeous blossoms, looked with much contempt on the laurustinus, who had nothing to display but the dusky verdure of its leaves. “What a wretched neighbour,” cried she, “is this! and how unworthy to partake the honour of any company! Better to bloom and die in the desert, than 10 associate myself here with such low and dirty vegetables.. And is this iny lot at last, whom every nation has agreed to honour, and every poet conspired to reverence, as the 00doubted sovereign of the field and garden? If I really amso let my subjects at least keep their distance, and let a circle reinain vacant round me, snitable to the state my rank requires, Here, gardener, bring thy batchet; prithee cut down this laurustinus ; or at least reinore it to its proper sphere. “Be pacified," my lovely rose," replied the gardener; “ “ enjoy thy sovereignty with moderation, and thou shalt receive all the homage which thy beauty can require. But remember that in wioter, when neither thou nor any of thy'tribe produce one Hower or leaf to cheer me, this faithful shrub, which thou despisest, will become the glory of 'my garden. Prudence, therefore, as well as gratitude, is concerned in the protection of a friend that will shew his friendship in adversity.”

TIE HERMIT. A certain hermit had scooped his cave near the summit of a lofiy mountain, from whence he had an opportunity of surveying a large extent both of sea and land." He sat one

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