The Crane and the Peacock

7.12. De grue et pavone
Caxton: Of the crane and of the pecok
For what vertue that ony man hath / none oughte to preyse hym self / As hit appiereth by this fable / Of a pecok / whiche somtyme made a dyner to a crane / And whanne they had eten and droken ynough / they had grete wordes to gyder / wherfore the pecok sayd to the crane / Thow hast not so fayre a forme ne so fayre a fygure as I haue / ne also fayr fethers / ne soo resplendysshynge as I haue / To whome the crane ansuerd / and sayd / It is trouthe / Neuertheles thow hast not one good / ne one so fayre a vertue as I haue / For how be hit that I haue not so fayre fethers as thow hast / yet can I flee better than thy self dost / For with thy fayre fethers thou must euer abyde on the erthe / And I may flee where someuer hit pleaseth me /
And thus euerychone ought to haue suffysaunce and to be content of that / that he hath / without auauncynge or praysynge of hym self / and not to dyspreyse none other
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