Sunday, October 24, 2010

L'Estrange: A Peacock and a Pye.

In the Days of Old, the Birds liv'd at random in a lawless State of Anarchy; but in Time they began to be weary on't, and mov'd for the setting up of a King. The Peacock valu'd himself upon his gay Feathers, and put in for the Office: The Pretenders were heard, the Question debated; and the Choice fell upon the Poll to King Peacock: The Vote was no sooner pass'd, but up stands a Pye with a Speech in his Mouth to this Effect: May it please your Majesty, says he, We should be glad to know, in Case the Eagle should fall upon us in your Reign, as she has formerly done, how will you be able to defend us?

In the Bus'ness of either erecting or changing a Government, it ought to be very well consider'd beforehand, what may be the Consequences, in case of such a Form, or such a Person.

Source: L'Estrange 204.
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