The Man and the God of Wood

6.06. De homine et ligneo deo
Caxton: Of the man and of the god of the wodes
Of the euylle man somtyme prouffiteth somme other / he doth hit not by his good wylle / but by force / As reherceth to vs this fable / Of a man whiche had in his hows an ydolle the whiche oftyme he adoured as his god / to whome ofte he prayd that he wold gyue to hym moche good And the more that he prayd hym / the more he faylled / and became pouere / wherfore the man was wel wrothe ageynst his ydolle / and took hit by the legges / and smote the hede of hit so strongly ageynst the walle / so that it brake in to many pyeces / Oute of the whiche ydolle yssued a ryght grete tresoure / wherof the man was ful gladde and Ioyous / And thenne the man sayd to his ydolle / Now knowe I wel / that thou art wycked / euyl and peruers / For whanne I haue worshipped the / thow hast not holpen me / And now whanne I haue bete the / thow hast moche done for me /
And therfore the euylle man whanne he doth ony good / it is not of his good wylle / but by force /
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