The Monkey and the Fox

3.17. De simio et vulpe
Caxton: Of the Ape and of the foxe
Of the poure and of the Ryche Esope reherceth suche a fable / Of an ape / whiche prayd the foxe to gyue hym somme of his grete taylle for to couere his buttoks therwith / sayenge thus to hym / what auaylleth to the soo long a taylle / hit doth but wagge / And that whiche letteth the / shalle be prouffitable and good for me / The foxe said to hym I wold that hit were yet lenger / For rather I wold see hit al to fowled and dagged / than hit shold bere to yow suche honour / as to couere thy fowle buttoks therwith /
And therfore gyue thou not that thynge of whiche thow hast nede of / to the ende that afterward thow myster not of hit
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