The History of Reynard the Fox, His Friends and His Enemies, His Crimes, Hairbreadth Escapes and Final Triumph

The History of Reynard the Fox, His Friends and His Enemies, His Crimes, Hairbreadth Escapes and Final Triumph

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...Till all the matter doth appear Past doubt or question, fair and clear; I prithee calm the unreasoning ire Thy words betray: as King and Sire Of those who bend before thy throne, Thou shouldst not let thy oaths be sown Broadcast and heedlessly around. But give each question most profound And careful thought: at last when plain The whole is made, 'tis thine amain Thy course to steer betwixt the two Who claim a hearing, giving due And careful thought to try which one Of rival suitors hath misdone Against his neighbour: oft it haps That he who plains hath made the lapse, And Audi alteram partem is A proverb writ in gold ywis; As such it should for ever be Shrined in a judge's memory. 'Tis true I held the Fox for good And loyal, therefore 'twas I stood His friend, and time may prove him just. Thou deem'st he has betrayed my trust; But whether he prove or good or ill, I trow thy kingly worship still Were best assured didst thou proceed With care and caution, giving heed To each nice point. Such seems to me The unblemished path of equity. 'Tis clear that howsoe'er ye shape Your judgment, scarce may Reynard 'scape Your hands, but must forthwith obey Thy will, although at last ye slay Or bind him fast." Quoth Fyrapeel: " Dear Lord, methinks the Queen doth deal Herein with subtle wit, and ye May safely do that thing which she Now counsels. But 'twere well to call, In solemn conclave, one and all Of those ye count for just and wise: XXVI. King Nobel raves. XXVI. King Nobel raves. Should their united wits advise That Reynard's guilt is clear, all doubt Ends, and at once may ye, without More question, hang him: but though he Were twice the thief and shrew that we Account him, yet...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236987748
  • 9781236987747