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1873 Excerpt: ...in cleverly slinging; And for some little way they
so bore him along, Altho' they 'neath his weight sorely trembled,
In despite of the jeers of the curious throng Which had suddenly
round them assembled. Out of this plan, however, but fresh trouble
sprung, For, just as they were o'er a bridge going, The Ass, who
had no fancy for being so slung, Began so much inquietude showing,
That they stopp'd to unfetter his feet, but before They could him
from his bonds quite deliver, He asunder the tackling so suddenly
tore, That he fell and was drown'd in the river. "Well, my Boy,"
said the poor Man, as home they now went, "The' we will not with
any one quarrel, We, methinks, may deduce from this hapless event
The most useful and excellent moral: That, since do what one will
one can never please all, Nor, it seemeth, escape some derision, As
a rule, he's least apt into error to fall Who acts oftenest on his
own decision." THE FOX AND THE WOODMAN S once a Fox, by hounds hard
prest, O'er hill and valley tore, He felt himself so much distrest,
That he for a few moments' rest Had ne'er so sigh'd before. At
last, tho' not till nearly dead, He reach'd a Woodman's hut, And
was in seeming pity led, At his entreaty, to a shed, And therein
safely shut. A minute more, and to the spot The hunters came in
chase, And ask'd the Man where he had got, On which, while saying
he knew not, He hinted at the place. THE FOX AND THE WOODMAN. 101
But, altho' some at first seem'd bent On searching every nook, As
none had noticed where he went, Or knew what the scamp's gesture
meant, All soon the spot forsook. When, seeing Reynard on his way
Without a word proceed, The Woodman sternly shouted, "Stay . Is't
thus my pity you repay, Then, thankless brute, take heed,
|Country of origin:
J. W. Croly
||246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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