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Æſop’s F A B L E S. 9

was in Condition to do Mifchief, it bit the very Man that fav'd the Life on't. Ah thou Ungrateful Wretch ! Says he, Is that Venomous 111 Nature of thine to be Satisfi'd with nothincr lefs than the Ruine of thy Preferver ?

The   M O R A L.

There are Some Men like Some Snakes ; 'Tis Natural to them to he doings Mijtbitfl and the Greater the Benefit oh the One fide ', the More impla- cable is the Malice on the other.


R E F L E X I O N.

He that takes an Ungrateful Man into his Bofom , is well nigh fure to be Betray'd ; and it is no longer Charity, but Folly, to think of Obliging the Common Enemies of Mankind. But 'tis no New Thing for good Natur'd Men to meet with Ungrateful Returns. Wherefore Friend- fhips, Charities, and Kindnelles, mould be well Weigh'd and Examin'd, as to the Circumftances of Time, Place, Manner, Perfon, and Proportion, before we Sign and Seal. A Man had much better take a Tyger into his Grounds, than a Snake into his Bolom. How many Examples have we feen with our own Eyes, of Men that have been pick'd up and Reliev'd out of Starving Necefficies, without either Spirit, or Strength to do Mif- chief, who in requital have afterwards confpir'd againft the Life, Honor, afid Fortune of their Pacrons and Redeemers. Did ever any of thefe Hu- m in Snakes lofe their Venom for lying under fome Temporary Incapacity of Ufing it ? Will they be ever the lefs Dangerous and Malicious, when Warmth fhall bring them to themfelves again ; becaufe they were once Frozen and Benuimi'd with Cold > The very Credulity Encourages an Abufe, where the Will to do Mifchief only waits for the Power, and Op- portunity of putting it in Execution. 'Facility makes the Innocent a Prey to the Crafty : Wherefore it is highly. necefTary for the One to know how far, and to Whom he Trufts ; and lor the Other to underftand what he is to Truft to. The Snake, after his Recovery, is the very fame Snake ftill, that he was at firft. How many People have we read of in Story, that after a Pardon for One Rebellion, have been taken in Another with Tnat ve- ry Pardon in their Pockets, and the Ink fcarce Dry upon the Parchment? Now all this is no more than the Proverb in a Fable: Save a Thiefe from the G alio ids, and he 11 Cut your Throat.


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AN Jffe was fo Hardy once, as to fall a Mopping and Bray- ing at a Lyon. The Lyon began at firft to fhew his Teeth, and to Stomack the Affront j but upon Second Thoughts ; Well ! ( fays he ) Jeer on, and be an 2MTC ftill. Take notice only by the way, that 'tis the Bafenels of your Character that has fav'd your Carcafs.

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