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Aesop's Fables: Caxton (1484)

Avyan 11. Of the ape and of his sone
(Perry 364)

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

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.