fable iii. JUPITER and the FOX.
- Editor’s Note1A Nature, which in grain is mean,
- 2Nor wealth can hide, nor pow'r can skreen.
- 3 When Jove had chang'd, by sov'reign might,
- 4A Fox into a lady bright,
- 5Enthron'd at court she shew'd her head,
- 6As partner of the royal bed;
- 7But seeing with a wishful look
- 8A beetle creeping from a nook,
- 9She from her lover sprung away,
- 10And jump'd upon the usual prey.
- 11The Gods laught hearty at the dame,
- 12The mighty father blush'd for shame,
- 13And as he turn'd the minx adrift,
- 14'Go where you will (says he) and shift,
- 15Whose sneaking nature is so base
- 16Our gifts and honours to disgrace.'