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The Dog and the Bear
Towser, of right Hockleian sire, A dog of mettie and of fire, With Ursin grim, an errant Bear, Maintain'd a long and dubious war: Oft Ursin on his back was tost, And Towser many a collop lost; Capricious fortune would declare Now for the Dog, then for the Bear, Thus having tried their courage fairly, Brave Ursin first desir'd a parley: — "Stout combatant," quoth he, "whose might I've felt in many a bloody fight, Tell me the cause of all this pother, And why we worry one another?" — "That's a moot point,"the cur replied, "Our masters only can decide: While thou and I our heart's-blood spill, They prudently their pockets fill; Halloo us on with all their might, To turn a penny by the fight." "If that's the case, " return'd the Bear, "'Tis time at last to end the war; Thou keep thy teeth, and I my claws, To combat in a nobler cause; Sleep in a whole skin, I advise, And let them bleed who gain the prize." MORAL. Parties enrag'd on one another fall; The butcher and the bear-ward pocket all.
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