A Gnat and a Bee

2.16. A GNAT AND A BEE. A Gnat, half starved with cold and hunger went one frosty morning to a Bee-hive, to beg a charity; and offered to teach music in the Bee's family, for her diet and lodging. The Bee very civilly desired to be excused: "For," says she, "I bring up all my children to my own trade, that they may be able to get their living by their industry; and I am sure I am right; for see what that music, which you would teach my children, has brought you yourself to."
MORAL. Industry ought to be diligently inculcated in the minds of children of all ranks and degrees ; for who stands so sure as to say he is exempt from the vicissitudes of this uncertain life? [more info]

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