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pies. In the mean time, though they could not agree amongst themselves, yet all of them united against the nightingales and black-birds, who, by this means, were forced to retire to the solitary groves, where they chirped and warbled out their own misfortunes.
he affairs of the winged empire being in this posture, a generous falcon, as he was called by some, or the true offspring of the eagle, as reckoned by others, being moved with compassion, towards the injured bırds, attempted their relief; but the magpies and jackdaws, with their adherents, the cuckows, where so much incensed against the generous falcon, because of his favourable inclinations to the nightingales and black-birds, that they summoned together their friends, the rooks, and joining with the storks and kites, oppress:d the poor falcon, with his small retinue ; and having barbarously destroyed them, the eagle's brother looked upon his throne, as surer than ever; and the magpies, jackdaws, and cuckows, concluding that they had insured bis favour, by this new merit, pressed on to destroy the black-birds, and nightingales. But all of a sudden, when they thought themselves secure, the night-owls and cormorants, with the storks and kites, their adherents, having been a long time disposse ed of their nests, by the magpies and jackdaws, and their followers the rooks and cuckows, resolved to come to a trial of skill with them, upon which the magpies came to have some remorse for their barbarous treatment of the innocent black-birds ; and abating something of the usual harshness of their note, began to call,' mag, inag, poor mag, a cup of sack for poor fainting mag;' and the jackdaws cawed to the black-birds, in a milder note than before, hewailed their former severity, and invited the nightingales and black-hirds, to join with them, against the kites, cormorants, and screech-owls. . The eagle's brother, being afraid of the consequences of such an union, came also to a parley with he black-birds and nightingales, and offered them fair quarter, provided they would concur towards the procuring of an authentick act, at the general dyet of the winged empire, to secure his followers in the possession of their nests, for all time coming; the amazed black-birds, being surprised with this mighty change, and having been wretchedly torn by the talons of both parties, knew not whom to trust ; but the eagle's brother being possessed of the throne, decency obliged them to make civil replies; but some of the bats, which frequented the company of the black-birds, engaged too far with the cormorant interest, and by this time, both parties owned the possessor of the throne, for a true eagle. Having gained his point so far, he resolved to push on his fortune, and being provoked with the behaviour of the magpies, he designed to put their pretensions of loyalty to the touch-stone, and commanded them to publish bis imperial edict, giving liberty to all the subjects of the airy regions, to warble out the praises of their great creator, in such notes as nature had furnished them with ; it being highly unrea. sonable to say, that the canary-bird was no bird, because she could not croak like the raven, or that the nightingale was no subject of the winged empire, because she could not chatter like the magpy.
The magpies and jackdaws were thunder-struck, at the hear. ing of this unlooked-for command, and most of them did sullenly refuse it ; yet some of the magpies and the swallows, which nestled about the altars, thought fit to comply; but the metropolitan magpy, and six of the rest, did positively refuse to obey the eagle, who did thereupon commit them to his imperial prison. Then nothing was to be heard, but, alas poor mag, a cup of sack for mag;' and on the other band, the cormorants and kites cried,' a rope for mag, mag, mag, a halter for mag;' and the black-birds and nightingales, though they were something concerned at the misfortune of the magpies, yet could not but say, that mag was served according to her deserts ; but the jackdaws and cuckows, with their allies, the rooks, did so much disturb the eagle's quiet, with their cawing and croaking, that he released the magpies, but pursued his design, of establishing a tyranny in the regions of the air ; and, in order to accomplish his design, did enter into a confederacy with the vul. ture, resolved to disinherit the generous she eagle, of his own race, and to impose a counterfeit he eagle upon the nation of birds; which did so much proroke the feathered commonwealth, that they agreed, with the assistance of a genuine eagle, of the true imperial nest, who had the generous she eagle, abovementioned, to bis mate, to curb the tyrannical eagle, and prevent his imposing an ostrich instead of an eagle upon the winged empire. Many of the magpies and jackdaws, with all the black-birds and nightingales, joined in the invitation to the young eagle, who taking his flight from beyond sea, did happily alight, in the imperial grove; and being joined with a promiscuous flock of black-birds, jackdaws, nightingales, and some tooks, put the kites, cormorants, and old eagle to flight; who, after he had roosted awhile in his imperial nest, abandoned the same, and fled beyond sea, with the ostrich his mate, and the counterfeit eagle, her supposed son, to the vulture's grove.
The eagle having thus taken bis flight, the magpies began to relent, and to wish that things had not come to that extremity; for the jackdaws and they became now apprehensive, that they were in as much danger of losing their nests, by the black-birds and nightingales, as they had formerly been by the kites and cormorants, be cause the young eagle, who came from beyond sea, was judged to have a mighty kindness for the black-birds and nightingales, and his mate, the generous she eagle, had no aversion to them, and thus it came to pass, that the metropolitical magpy, who had been the ringleader of those who opposed the old eagle, and invited the young one to his nest, began to grow sollen, and his example infecting the rest of the mags, the faction was divided amongst themselves ; so that some of the magpies and jackdaws, were for acm knowledging the young eagle as sovereign of the birds, and others, chattering still upon the abdicated theme of passive obedience, alledged that the old eagle had injury done him, and did all that they could to obstruct the progress of the young eagle's affairs; and, baving, by the interest of the magpies, who owned his title, got an influence on his councils, they advised him to disband the black
birds and nightingales, who had flocked to him at his first coming over, and to govern his affairs, by the advice of the magpies and jackdaws; and, by this method, they got his court and his camp filled with 'rooks, who did still retain a very great kindness for the old eagle, and their ancient cronies, the cormorants and kites, and did them kindly offices, as opportunity offered.
In the mean time, the nightingales and black-birds of the eagle's ancient grove, had been
so terribly infested by the magpies, jackdaws, and rooks, and so mischievously torn by the talons of the kites and cormorants, their allies, that they looked upon the magpies as harpies; and, in a general dyet of the birds, held for ibat grove, voted, that the magpies, and their underlings, the jackdaws, were the great and insupportable grievance of the winged empire, and, with one consent, dislodged them of their nests; so that the mags and jacks hopped away, in great numbers, lo the neighbouring grove, chattered nothing, but passive obedience, and non-resistance, and the injury done to the old eagle, which strengthened the faction of the southern magpies, and made the young eagle very uneasy in bis nest; whence it came to pass, that the magpy faction procured a rebellion in the northern grove, under the conduct of a mischievous rook, who, being joined by a rabble of the jackdaws, kites, cormorants, and solan geese, gave the young eagle's followers, in that grove, a considerable check; but, the mischievous rook being pecked to death in the scuffle, the rebellion was appeased there ; but the northern jackdaws and solan geese, with the abdicated harpies, filled the southern grove with their querulous notes, that nothing was to be heard, but, alas! poor mag, mag, mag, is put out of her nest in the north, and must expect the same treatment in the south, except the old eagle be recalled. Whereupon that tyrannous bird, conceiving good hopes of bis affairs, did, by the assistance of the vulture, who lent him some bands of storks, kites, and rooks, take bis Aight to St. Patrick's grove, where, being joined by some cormorants, and the native woodcocks, he quickly overspread the whole grove, excepting some small part of it, where a colony of their northern birds had fixed their nests, who made such a stout resistance against the tyrant eagle, and his birds of prey, that the fame thereof ecchoed through the regions of the air; but the southern magpies and jackdaws, being influenced by the northern harpier, and solan geese, obstructed the relief of the black-birds of St. Patrick's grove so long, that they were well nigh undone, and the first relief they had sent them, being under the conduct of a villainous rook, he was little less noisome to the black-birds, than the kites and cormorants ; so that the young eagle was obliged to fly thither in person, and, not long after his arrival, he gave the tyrant eagle, and his followers, such a terrible overthrow, by . purling brook, that the old one fled from St. Patrick's grove, and betook himself again to the vulture's quarters, whilst the colonies of the northern black-birds and nightingales did, with inimitable courage, subdue the woodcocks, and the young eagle's followers dislodged the vultures and cormorants from their nests, so that, in a little time, St. Patrick's grove was intirely recovered.
The vulture, by whose counsels the abdicated eagle had, all along, governed himself, perceiving that he was now quite driven from his nest, resolved to attack the Flemish coppice, which had formerly been the residence of the young eagle; which obliged the generous bird to repair beyond sea, for the defence 'of bis ancient friends; but, though he acted wonders, yet his counsels were betrayed by the friends of the mags and the daws, and, his troops being chiefly commanded by rooks, the birds of his retinue met with several disasters, and, at the same time, the kites, and cormorants, and seditious mags, did all, that they could, to disturb the repose of the generous she eagle his mate, whom they would fain bave destroyed in his absence; but the faithful magpies, and moderate jackdaws, with the black-birds and nightingales, did unite so cordially for her defence, that their designs were disappointed. 'l hus was the generous young eagle perplexed by vultures, storks, and cormorants abroad, and treacherous magpies, jackdaws, and rooks at home, and chiefly, because they were apprehensive of being outed by the black-birds; who, whatever privileges they had acquired in the north, they said, they must content themselves to build nests, in the eves of houses, in the south, where the churches were the proper habitation of the magpies and jackdaws. Nor would they suffer the nightingales and the falcons, to have any command in the winged army, that being the property of the kites and rooks, because they did annually swear allegiance to the magpies and jackdaws, at the altars, which the falcons and nightingales would never do.
In the mean time, the generous she eagle died, which did so much grieve her faithful mate, that the kingdom of birds had well nigh lost both their sovereigns at once. However, he generously plucked up his courage, and, considering that he was born for empire, did scorn to be conquered by passion: and, therefore, resolved, that as he had defeated the maws and the gulls, belonging to the vulture by sea, he would have a trial of valour with bim by land, notwithstanding his alliance with the overgrown raven of the east; so that, taking another flight into the continent, he dislodged the vulture from one of his chief nests, who, thereupon, became so much afraid of the young eagle's talons, that he durst not adventure on a fair war with him any more, but resolved to suborn some night owls, buzzards, kites, cormorants, and cuckows, to assassinate the generous eagle in the dark; which he had attempted several times before, but laid the design so craftily now, that he was sure it could not miscarry. And, this taking effect, he designed to have destroyed the black-birds and nightingales, with the faithful magpies, and moderate jackdaws, and all the other loyal birds in St. George's, St. Andrew's, and St. Patrick's groves, and to have possessed them for ever, with vultures, kites, storks, wrens, rooks, cormorants, and magpies, and jackdaws of his own stamp. However, this conspiracy being happily discovered by the parrots, many of the owls, buzzards, and cormorants, who were employed to assassinate the young eagle, were taken, and some of them suffered death, according to the laws of the feathered kingdom; three cormorants first, and, a little after, a cuckow, who being drawn in by the treacherous magpies and jackdaws, three of the latter attended them to the place of their exit; and, cawing to thein in the old note of passive obedience, deluded the poor cuckows, and telling them, that, by vertue of the authority which they had acquired, by a long possession of the steeples, where po black-bird had any right to come, they were constituted lawful priests of the winged empire, and, therefore, absolved them from the false imputation of guilt, for endeavouring to cut the young eagle's throat, for he was none of the birds of Jupiter's nest; and, though the beetle had unluckily broke all the old eagle's eggs, which were procreated betwixt him and the Italian ostrich, yet there was a time coming, when they would find a safe repository, if not in Jove's, yet in St. Peter's lap, and oblige the pretended eagle, who was no other than a Geneva bird, hatched among the shells, which one of the Roman emperors gathered together, as a mark of triumph, on the Dutch coast, to retire to the banks of lake Leman; in the faith of which, the two silly cuckows did chearfully swallow their hempseed, and crying, Cuckow, Cuckow, the jackdaws answered, Caw, Caw, Caw, and then the cuckows were choaked; at wbich the loyal birds were so much incensed, that they have shut up two of the jackdaws in a cage, and are hunting after the other, which is fled; so that, in a little time, we may hap to see these jackdaws follow the fate of the cuckows, while all the winged empire, from the imperial eagle to the wren, are associated to defend the generous young eagle, as a true bird of the imperial nest, against the vulture of the west, the overgrown raven of the east, the traiterous magpies, jackdaws, storks, kites, rooks, ravens, and cormorants, and the larks, nightingales, and black-birds, do daily, with their harmonious noles, celebrate Jupiter's praises, for preserving his beloved eagle.