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A Man" may forgive an Injury ; but he -
cannot easily forget it. FABLE IV. Of the Husbandman and the Snake. A ;
Husbandman had brought up a Snake in his House ; and wounded her, for which Reason she fled from him.
Afterwards the Husbandman falling into Want, imagined that this Misfortune befel him for the Injury done to the Snake, and therefore humbly requeftcd of her that she would come and live with him again.
The Snake replied, That the forgave him, but she would not return to live with one who kept a Hatchet in his House; adding, that although the Smart of the Wound was gone, yes the Mark was left, and the Remembrance of it was itill fresh in her Memory.
Tye Interpretation. It is not safe ta trust that Mar, who hath once made a 6 in Friendship, 'It is God-lika 10 yorgive an Injury ;
:to remember it, because it neego us on our Guard.
Make no Friendship with an ill-natur'd Man.
FABLE V. Of the Wolves and the Sheep. TI
"HE Wolves made a League with the Sheep, and Hostages
were given on both Sides. The Wolves gave their young Ones to the Sheep, and the Sheep gave their Dogs to the Wolves.
Some time after, while the Sheep were quictly feeding in the Meadow, the young Wolves began to howl for their Dams; at which the Wolves came ruthing in among them, and charged them with breaking the League.
The Sheep began to excuse themselves, saying, They were feeding by themselves, and therefore could not hurt the young Wolves, not having any Dogs with them.
But the Wolves insisted on it, that they were guilty of a Breach of Friendship; ailedging at the same time, That those Innocents, who never did any harm in their Lives, would not , make such dreadful Lamentations, unless some Violence had been offer'd to them ; and knowing the Sheep to be without their Guard, they fell upon them and tore them to Pieces.
The Interpretation. Be always upon your Guard when an Enemy is near. He who has always run counter to the Rules of Friendjhip, will never become a true Friend, though you should bind him by th: strongest Engagements.
Honesty is the best Policy. FABLE VI. Of the two Thieves and the Butcher.
fome Meat; but while the Butcher was bulied with other Customers, one of them stole a piece of Beef and gave it to his Fellow, who put it under his Cloke:
The Butcher presently misied the Meat, and charged them with the Theft.
But he that stole it, swore by Jove, that he had none of it ; and he har had it, swore likewise, he did not take it away.
To whom the Butcher replied, The Thief to me is un. known, tho' I believe it to be one of you ; but he by whom you have both sworn, can tell, and will reward you accordingly.
God Almighty is privy yo all our Astions: and though we mey for while deceive Min, yet we cannot efeape his all-Seeing Ejó, wboquilt reward or purish us according as we deserve.
A Liar is not to be believed, though he
speak the Truth. FABLE VII. Of the Shepherd's Boy and the
would oftentimes, in Jeit, cry out, that the Wolf was among them; which made the neighbouring Husbandmen come out to his Aliiitance, and then he would laugh at them, for being such Fools as to come when he did not want them.
At lait the Waif came in earnest; and the Boy began to cry out as usual ; but the Husbandmen, thinking that he only wanted to delude them again, never troubled themselves about him, but let him cry on; and so the Sheep became an easy Prey to the Wolf, and were deltroyed.
The Interpretation. Some Men bave such a Faculty of Jefting, that the most im. portant and sacred Truths cannot escape them; others are as notorious for Lying; the Consequence of which is, a dislike ta their Company, and a total Disregard to every Thing they fz For avhen once the Deceiver is known, his Credit is lo be is for ever derided in every Company.
Let Envy alone and it will punish itself. F A BLE VIII. Of the Dog and the Ox. A
N ill-natur'd Dog, laid himself down in a Manger
full of Hay. Presently came an Ox to feed; but the Dog, in a surly Manner, bid him be gone.
Well, replied the Ox ; Thou wilt neither eat the Hay thyself, nor suffer others to eat it; therefore stay there in this thy envious Humour, and keep away every Qx, and then thy Envy will be come thy Punishment
The Dog did so, and by that Means starved himself.
The Interpretation. Envy torments both the Body and the Mind, and is deservedly !sovin Punisher. Thus, we fee, fome Men are content to lose a
ling themjelves, than others may not enjoy it.