Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

Fables of John Gay

(Somewhat Altered)

Cover image for

Download


Author: John Gay
Published: 1871
Language: English
Wordcount: 31,755 / 96 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,238
Added to site: 2008.08.13
mnybks.net#: 21703
Genre: Poetry
Excerpt

y vehemence:

"Repair thy wit--repair thy wit! Truly, you are devoid of it. Think you that fairies would change places With sons of clay and human races-- In one point like to you alone, That we are partial to our own; For neither would a fairy mother Exchange her baby for another; But should we change with imps of clay, We should be idiots--like as they."


FABLE IV.

JOVE'S EAGLE, AND MURMURING BEASTS.

As Jove once on his judgment-seat, Opened the trap-door at his feet; Up flew the murmurs of creation, Of every brute that had sensation. The Thunderer, therefore, called his Eagle, Which came obedient as a beagle,-- And him commanded to descend, And to such murmurs put an end. The eagle did so--citing all To answer the imperial call.

He spoke: "Ye murmurers declare What are these ills which trouble air?-- Just are the universal laws. Now let the dog first plead his cause."

A beagle answered him: "How fleet The greyhound's course, how nerved his feet! I hunt by scent,

SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

Guy Sigley
When Guy Sigley isn't running around in his full-time job as a small business manager (a.k.a.
Read full interview...