The Ape and his Son

7.11. De simia et nato
Caxton: Of the ape and of his sone
No fowler a thyng is to the man / than with his mouth to preyse hym self / As this fable reherceth to vs / Of Iupiter kynge of alle the world / whiche maade alle the beestes and alle the byrdes to be assembled to gyder for to knowe theyr bounte / and also theyr kynd / Emonge alle the whiche came the Ape / whiche presented his sone to Iupiter / sayenge thus / Fayre syre and myghty god / loke and see here the fairest beest that euer thow createst in this world / And Iupiter thenne beganne to lawhe / and after sayd to hym / thow arte wel a fowle beest to preyse soo thy self /
For none oughte to preyse hym self / but oughte to doo good and vertuous werkes / wherof other may preyse hym / for it is a shameful thyng to preyse hym self
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