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The Life of ÆSOP.
9

and if the Tongue be the Key that Leads Us into all Knowledge, what could be more proper and suitable than a Feast of Tongues for a Philosophical Banquet?

When Xanthus found the Sence of the Table to be on Aesop's side; Well my Friends says he; Pray will You Eate with me to Morrow, And I le try If I can mend your Chear ; and Mr Major Domo, says he to Aesop, let it be the Care of your Gravity and Wisdom to Provide us a Supper to Morrow, of the very worst Things You can Think of.



Cap. VIII.
A Second Treat of Tongues.

Xanthus's Gueſts met again The Next day accord-
ing to The Appointment ; and Æſop provided them the very ſame Services of Tongues and Tongues over and over, As they had the night before. Sirrah ( ſays Xanthus to his Servant ) what's the Meaning of This ; That Tongues ſhiould be the Beſt of Meats One Day, and the Worſt the Other ? Why Sr ſays he, There is not any Wickedneſs under the Sun, That the Tongue has not a part in. As Murders, Treaſons, Violence, Injuſtice, Frauds, and All Man-
ner of Lewdneſs : for Councells muſt be firſt Agitated, The Mat-
ter in Queſtion Debated, Reſolv'd upon, and Communicated by Words, before the Malice comes to be executed in Fact. Tongue Whether wilt Thou ! (ſays the Old Proverb ) I go to Build ( ſays the Tongue, ) and I goe to pull downe.

This Petulant Liberty of Æſop, Gall'd his Maſter to the very Soul of him, and one of the Gueſts, to Help forward his Evil Humour ; Cry'd out, This Fellow is enough to make a Body Mad. Sr ( ſays Æſop ) you have very Little Buſineſs to doe of your own I perceive, by the Leizure you have to Intermeddle in Other Peo-
ples Matters ; You would find ſome other Employment elſe, then to Irritate a Maſter againſt his Servant.