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Aesop's Fables: Caxton (1484)

4.3. Of the wulf and of the sheepherd and of the hunter
(Perry 22)

Many folke shewe them self good by theyr wordes whiche are ful of grete fantasyes / As reherceth to vs thys fable of a wulf whiche fledde byfore the hunter / And as he fledde he mette with a sheepherd / to whome he said My frende I praye the that thow telle not to hym that foloweth me which wey I am gone / & the sheepherd said to hym haue no drede ne fere no thynge / For I shalle not accuse the / For I shalle shewe to hym another way / And as the hunter came / he demaunded of the sheepherd yf he had sene the wulf passe / And the sheepherd both with the heed and of the eyen shewed to the hunter the place where the wulf was / & with the hand and the tongue shewed alle the contrarye / And incontynent the hunter vnderstood hym wel / But the wulf whiche perceyued wel all the fayned maners of the sheepherd fled awey / And within a lytyll whyle after the sheepherd encountred and mette with the wulf / to whome he sayd / paye me of that I haue kepte the secrete / And thenne the wulf ansuerd to hym in this manere / I thanke thyn handes and the tongue / and not thyn hede ne thyn eyen / For by them I shold haue ben bytrayed / yf I had not fledde aweye /
And therfore men must not truste in hym that hath two faces and two tongues / for suche folk is lyke and semblable to the scorpion / the whiche enoynteth with his tongue / and prycketh sore with his taylle

Caxton published his edition of Aesop's fables in 1484. There are modern reprints by Joseph Jacobs (D. Nutt: London, 1889) and more recently by Robert Lenaghan (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1967). Lenaghan's edition is available at amazon.com.