Friday, October 29, 2010

L'Estrange: A Nurse and a Wolf.

As a Wolf was hunting up and down for his Supper, he pass'd by a Door where a little Child was Bawling, and an old Woman Chiding it. Leave your Vixen-Tricks, says the Woman, or I'll throw ye to the Wolf. The Wolf over-heard her, and waited a pretty while, in hope the Woman would be as good as her Word; but no Child coming, away goes the Wolf for that Bout. He took his Walk the same Way again toward the Evening, and the Nurse he found had chang'd her Note; for she was then Muzzling and Cokesing of it. That's a good Dear, says she. If the Wolf comes for my Child, we'll e'ev beat his Brains out. The Wolf went muttering away upon't. There's no medling with People, says he, that say one Thing and mean another.

'Tis Fear more than Love that makes good Men, as well as good Children, and when fair Words and good Counsel will not prevail upon us, we must be frighted into our Duty.

Source: L'Estrange 219.
Lupus et Nutrix

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