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Phaedrus, The Fables of Phaedrus (ed. Christopher Smart, Christopher Smart, A. M.), book 3,
The Owl and the Grasshopper (search)
The Owl and the Grasshopper Those who will not the forms obey To be obliging in their way, Must often punishment abide For their ill-nature, and their pride. A Grasshopper, in rank ill-will, Was very loud and very shrill Against a sapient Owl's repose, Who was compelled by day to doze Within a hollow oak's retreat, As wont by nigGrasshopper, in rank ill-will, Was very loud and very shrill Against a sapient Owl's repose, Who was compelled by day to doze Within a hollow oak's retreat, As wont by night to quest for meat-- She is desired to hold her peace. But at the word her cries increase; Again requested to abate Her noise, she's more importunate. The Owl perceiving no redress, And that her words were less and less Accounted of, no longer pray'd, But thus an artifice essay'd: " Since 'tis impossible to nod, While harping lik
harm our ears, stead of a nap,
A batch of nectar will I tap,
Which lately from Minerva came;
Now if you do not scorn the same,
Together let us bumpers ply."
The Grasshopper, extremely dry,
And, finding she had hit the key
That gain'd applause, approach'd with glee;
At which the Owl upon her flew,
And quick the trembling vixen slew.