While the C^fpake, a pack of cruel Hounds The Fox did hear, And law them powdring down from Hilly grounds After a Deer; Reynard not flays. Delays Are dangerous found, But earth's himfelf three Fathom under-ground. Atlaft The Dogs being paft, All Danger o'r, again he did appear. Then, to the Fox return'd, /pake Chanticleer; Learned Sir Reynard}if the words be true Which you have faid, Why did thefe Dogs the trembling Deer perfue ? They fliould have ftaid; Like Enemies From thefe You alfb flew. Then /aid the Fox, though J th' Agreement drew, So late This Ad of State Came forth, I fear, they th' Edid did not hear : But I fhall trounce them : Have they kill'd the Deer ? The Coc reply'd, but I'll make good this Tree: Is it now true ? then 'twill to morrow be. Moral. To what we lify we eajie Credit give, This mahgs us oft from Foes feign d News believe: Fame mighty Holds hath too^ and florm'd alone, Andfalfe Reports whole Armies overthrown.