An Ant Formerly a Man
The Ant, or Pismire, was formerly a Husbandman, that secretly
Filch'd away his Neighbour's Goods and Corn, and stor'd up all
in his own Barn. He drew a General Curse upon his Head for't,
and Jupiter as a Punishment, and for the Credit of Mankind, turn'd
him into a Pismire; but this Change of Shape wrought no Alteration,
either of Mind, or of Manners; for he keeps the same Humour and
Nature to this very Day.
That which Some call Good Husbandry, Industry and Providence, Others call Raking, Avarice, and Oppression: So that the Vertue and the Vice, in many Cases, are hardly Distinguishable but by the Name.