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Aesop's Fables: Caxton (1484)

1.6. Of the lyon and of the cowe / of the goote and of the sheep
(Perry 339)

Men sayen comynly that it is not good to ete plommes with his lord / ne to the poure it is not good to haue partage and dyuysyon with hym whiche is ryche & myghty / wherof Esope reherceth suche a fable / The cowe / the gote & the sheep went ones a huntyng & chase / with the lyon & toke a herte / And whanne they came to haue theyr parte / the lyon sayd to them / My lordes I late you wete / that the fyrst part is myn by cause I am your lord / the second by cause / I am stronger than ye be / the thyrd / by cause I ranne more swyfter than ye dyd / And who so euer toucheth the fourthe parte / he shalle be myn mortal enemy / And thus he took for hym self alone the herte /
And therfore this fable techeth to al folk / that the poure ought not to hold felauship with the myghty / For the myghty man is neuer feythfull to the poure

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.