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Aesop's Fables: Caxton (1484)

4.13. Of the asse / and of the wulf
(Perry 392)

To none euylle man feythe ne trouthe ought neuer to be adiousted / As men may wel see by this Fable / Of a wulf whiche vysyted an asse whiche was wel seke the whiche wulf beganne to fele and taste hym / and demaunded of hym / My broder and my frend where aboute is thy sore / And the asse sayd to hym / there as thow tastest / And thenne the wulf faynyng to vysyte hym / beganne to byte and smyte hym /
And therfore men must not trust flaterers / For one thynge they saye / and done another

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.