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a higher order; and there are the bees and the beavers, which display no less ingenuity than the former. Now, I really do not see why we are to be cooped up in our lakes, leading so monotonous a life as we have been used to; nor why we should not have a king invested with princely attributes, to counsel us and lead us forth. I really do not see why, with our broad backs, we should not carry pebbles and mud to erect palaces; nor why, with our active limbs, we should not be able to travel as far as any of those tribes which I have named : and although we cannot fly across rivers and seas, we can assuredly swim. Therefore, as I think it would be desirable towards attaining these ends and purposes to have a king to counsel and lead us forth becomingly, it behoves us to bethink ourselves of the best way of obtaining one. I would readily have offered my own services to you in that capacity; but from some experiments which I have made, I very much doubt whether any of our own nation would be capable of undertaking so novel an office; yet if any one present can propose a measure better than that of a direct appeal to Jupiter the omnipotent, I shall be ever ready to concur in whatever may promise to promote our common happiness."

Such might, in effect, have been the language of that first great frog, set like a light upon a hill; nor is it less likely that several other plans were proposed, besides the first. As soon as discontent,

from whatever cause, takes possession of the hu mind, there is an end to happiness. Let prosp be never more brilliant, and comforts and adv tages never so great, yet if the possessor of th becomes dissatisfied with his present conditi although he has every reason for being conten and happy, he immediately renders himself mis able, disturbs the repose of others, and falls up devising utopean schemes for attaining what he actually leaving behind. Such was the conditi of the unfortunate frogs of yore.

"Oh! indomitable multitude!" proceeded young political frog, "shall we not all concur i the self-approving proposition which has just bee made? Are we not leading at present a truly mo notonous existence? And is it not fitting that w should aspire to something that will raise us in the scale of rational being? The emmet is indeed a god, compared with a frog! But why should this be? Do we not possess faculties capable of enjoying a more enlarged sphere of activity? But why should we seek for a king? Do we not know our own wants and pleasures better than any other creature can tell us? Let us be our own electors and rulers. Let him who first informed us upon this matter, together with such others as we may choose from amongst ourselves, be appointed to reign over us, and lead us in this new way. Oh! ye wide-mouthed multitude, what say ye to this? Shall we not rule ourselves?" And then ten thou

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We may again suppose that this system was adopted for one day-that with much tumult the representatives were chosen-that when elected, they assembled on the surface of a marsh for the dispatch of business-that one half of the day was spent in the one part of the hoarse-voiced senators bringing over the remainder to be of the same opinion as the former, upon the course they proposed to adopt; and that the other half was wasted in factious attempts on the part of certain artfully designing frogs, to turn the current of affairs to their own individual advantage. Then behold the distracted nation convened to deliberate upon further measures! Then we might hear one accusing the other of traitorous designs; some detecting political errors; and others prescribing remedies for all disorders! The sapient old frog, and primum mobile of the multitude, would doubtlessly also have his turn, and reproach the others with not at first hearkening to his sage counsel; deprecating a self-government, a democracy, or a republic, a state of things in which passion and faction have so wide a field of action, and such irresponsible licence, and reason so little control. "And now," says he, "ye perceive the consequence of your pertinacity; the son has taken part against his sire, and brother against brother! Our clear lakes are defiled with the mud which your tumults and

unruly ambition have disturbed; and where once passed happy and contented lives, nothing I now see but progressively accumulating ev discord, and destruction!"

Ultimately it is resolved to try the expedient a monarchy. But before they venture to appeal Jupiter, it is thought more convenient to lo about for a king amongst some of those tril which already appeared to possess those envial qualities to which this high-shouldered peop aspired. For this purpose it is resolved to co the alliance successively of the ant, the bee, a the beaver, which had been already adduced creatures worthy of imitation. They then dispat envoys to each court in succession; but alas, f their reception! The envoys upon arriving at th portals of the two former, were immediately su rounded and stung to death, before they had tim to deliver their message; and those sent to th third, were unluckily trodden down in the ver threshold, and contemptuously buried in the clay Upon ascertaining these melancholy tidings, th disconcerted frogs determined that an alliance wit such sanguinary people was by no means desirable and that, therefore, if they were to have a king, i must be from some of the more pacific and consi derate nations, which would neither sting no rudely trample upon them.

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mined to petition Jupiter for a king; and he, indignant at their folly, threw down to them the log of wood. If earth cannot gratify our wishes, it is certain that Heaven can! The Frogs, however, soon discovered to their cost, that king log was not the thing they wanted. They were once happy; but became discontented, and desired to be happier. They asked for a king, and got one; but he would not do. They asked for another, and a stork was sent amongst them, which devoured them for his own gratification.

The discerning Frog which had first awakened the ambition of his nation, was probably one of those that were first eaten by the stork; and in the fatal moment, it may be conjectured that he would be stung with remorse, as well for his folly as his fate. Experience makes even fools wise; and the Frogs learnt more in this way than the Athenians. In a democracy, the factions are over suspicious and jealous of each other; in a republic, they are suspicious, distrustful, and jealous of their representatives; and in a monarchy, they are suspicious and jealous of their king. A discontented people, unsubdued by religion, are always suspicious and jealous of each other; and an unrighteous people have ever most reason to be so, for the anger of God is upon them.

After the time of the stork, the generation of Frogs became somewhat wiser, and saw the impropriety of wishing for a state of things inappropriate to their nature. They remembered the traditions

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