Select Fables

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1754 edition. Excerpt: ...And call'd for Wisdom, which he granted; The only treasure 'that they wanted, And made them rich indeed. FABLE FABLE LVI. The Oyster and the Rat. ALearned unexperienc'd Rat, Who ne'er had seen nor this nor thaj, Imprudent, not conceited yet, For that by travelling he must get, Resolv'd like other youths to roam: So left his Lares and his home. He scarce had got in open air, But round about began to stare. The World is of a vast huge size! These are the Alps no doubt; and those The Pyrenees, I must suppose. Each mole hill seem'd a mountain to his eyes; And each new object furnish'd fresh surprize. p After After some few days Journey's past, Olir traveller arriv'd at last Near the sea more: where he espy'd Some Oysters, which the ebbing tide Had left half buried in the sand. Are these the works of Nature's hand? Or else some strange Phenomenon? The thing might bear both Pro and Con. For you must know this Rat of ours, ... Was one of those who books devours; In the Bodleian born and bred, On Greek and Latin he had fed. My father sure, said he, was mighty weak, Who o'er the threshold ne'er durst venture! Can one in life a proper figure make, If in the world you never enter?. Whilst thus, our Juvenile harang'd away An Oyster, luscious, fat and fair, Expos Expos'd its tempting bosom bare, In order to receive the briny spray. The Rat no sooner spy'd the gaping shell, But he exclaim'd, here is indeed a treat And needs must be delicious meat, It looks so very well! I now or never sure shall feast; For I'm resolv'd I'll have a taste, And not depend on sight or smell. Then strait into the Oyster thrust his head, Which sudden clos'd, and squeez'd him dead. Thus like some more, that I could tell, Tho' very learn'd, thro' Ignorance he fell. Those who but...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236635809
  • 9781236635808