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Bui loot ye, my masters, ye catte batb some | qualities, which T shall endeavour to sette forth. I ask

ye if Bhe l>c not useful. Would not yc mice and rattos despoil all yc storehouses in yc land, were it not for her ? I know that some do laude ye terrier dogge. Yet he is too oft a lazy tyke, waiting for the prey to he caught in traps and laid before his jawes. Moreover, he eateth more than the vermin he professeth to dc- stroye,

Not only is ye despised catte useful, but accom- 2)lished. She hath a natural taste for musicke, and great compasse of voice. How lulling are her tones when she purreth, sitting on the knee of a friend ! How sweetly and tenderly speaketh she to her young offspring ! Her more passionate strains in ye nightly .serenade arc wonderful. A powerful counter might she sing, if trained in a choir. Yet what payment getteth she for her concerts ? I grieve to say that brick-battes and boote-jackes are hurled at her head, with evil wishes and cursing words too vile to repeat.

Ye catte cometh of a high familie. This is wont to have weight with mannekinde, and womankinde also. To be only a cousin of my Lord Duke, causeth ye stu- pide to be runne after.

But look you, ye catte hath ye greate, grande tiger, and ye kingly lion, for her neare relations. She boast-

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