56 THE BEAVER'S LESSON.
" Its flavour when cooked is more exquisite far
Than mutton, or oysters, or eggs: (Some think it keeps best in an ivory jar,
And some, in mahogany kegs:)
" You boil it in sawdust: you salt it in glue : You condense it with locusts and tape:
Still keeping one principal object in view------
T<> preserve its symmetrical shape."
The Butcher would gladly have talked till next day,
But he felt that the Lesson must end, And he wept with delight in attempting to say
He considered the Beaver his friend.