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* What virgin had not done as I did ?
Weigh well the projects of mankind;
part still kept above the tide ?
Plunge-in a courtier; strait his fears
He hangs on flattery with delight,
QUID NUN KI'S:
(Said, at dame. Elliot's *, master Travers)
I with the King were safely landed.
All at a stand? You see great changes ?
* A coffee-house near St. James's.
« On either bank, from bough to bough,
They either bite their friends, or stroke them.
“ There have I seen fome active prig, 25 “ To fhew his parts, bestride a twig : “ Lord! how the chartering tribe admire, “ Not that he 's wiser, but he's higher: “ All long to try the venturous thing “ (For power is but to have one's fwing); * From side to side he springs, he spurns, 30 “ And bangs his foes, and friends by turns. “ Thus, as in giddy freaks he bounces, “Crack goes the twig, and in he flounces ! “ Down the swift stream the wretch is borne ; “ Never, ah never, to return !
35 “ Zounds ! what a fall had our dear brother; « Morbleu! cries one; and Damme! t'other. “ The nations give a general screech; “ None cocks his tail, none claws his breech; • Each trembles for the public weal,
40 " And for a while forgets to steal.
“ A while, all eyes, intent and fieddy, “ Pursue him, whirling down the eddy. “ But, out of mind when out of view, « Some other mounts the twig anew ;
45 6 And business, on each monkey-shore, “ Runs the same track it went before."
* Shall not my Fables censure vice,
PROL. TO SHEP. Week.
INTRODUCTION TO THE FABLES.
PART THE FIRST.
THE SHEPHERD AND THE PHILOSOPHER,
REMOTE from cities liv'd a Swain,
Unvex'd with all the cares of gain;