Of the tree and of the reed

4.20. De abiete et harundine
Caxton: Of the tree and of the reed /
None ought to be prowd ageynst his lord / but oughte to humble hym self toward hym / As this fable reherceth to vs of a grete tre / whiche wold neuer bowe hym for none wynd / And a reed whiche was at his foote bowed hym self as moche as the wynd wold / And the tree sayd to hym / why dost thow not abyde stylle as I doo / And the reed ansuerd / I haue not the myght whiche thow hast / And the tree sayd to the reed prowdly / than haue I more strengthe / than thow / And anone after came a grete wynde / whiche threw doune to the ground the sayd grete tree / and the reed abode in his owne beynge /
For the prowde shall be allwey humbled And the meke and humble shalle be enhaunced / For the roote of alle vertue is obedyence and humylyte
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