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EARLY ENGLISH POETRY,
BALLADS,

AND POPULAR LlTEKATUPxE
OF THE MIDDLE AGES.

EDITED FROM ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS
AND SCARCje ^U:3LJCATI0NS.

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VOL. XII.



LONDON.

IMUNIKI) FOR I III; IM;U(\ SOflK'lV

BV 1. RICHARDS ST M ARTiys LANE.

.U.ULCC.XI.IV.



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CONTENTS OF VOL. Xll.



REVNAUD THE FOX, FROM CAXTOn's EDITION.



K1>1I£U 111 W. J. rUOMS, I »Q. >.n.A.



Till-: HISTORY



IJKVNAIM) riii: lOX,



THE HISTORY



llEYNARD THE FOX,

FROM THE EUITION I'UINTEU HY CAXTON
IN 1481.



WITH NOTES, AND AN INTRODUCTORY

SKETCH OF THE LITERARY HISTORY

OF THE ROiLVNCE,



WILLIAM J. TII0M8, ESQ., F.S.A.

HaCRETAkt ur TUK lAMDKX A.>U CLrllC SOCIITIIS.



LONDON.
REl'lliNlEl) iOR TUK I'KKCV SOCIETY,

IIV 1 ICK IIAl;i)S, llH), ST. M AIMIN-.S I ANK.
.M.l)t»( .XI.I\ .



i.onhon: iiiriiAUDs, 10d in 1711 from
the rare edition printed at Lubeck in 1498.

* " In weltlicher Wysheit ys kein Boeck geschreven
Den men hillich melir Kolim und Loft" kann geven
Als Reineke Voss — ein schlicht bock darinnen
Tho sehende ys ein Spegel hogcr sinnen ;
Vorstendigheit in dem ringen Gedicht
Als ein diirbulir sehnt verbortjeii lieht."



detailing at some length, the various ' fan)ous histories
and right merry adventures,' in which the crafty
courtier of the King of Beasts i)lays his busy part ;
first, however, saying a few words toiieliing th(^ natiin'
and spirit whieli pervade the numerous stories in
which Keynard the Fox figures as the liero.

§ II. Hearne the antiquary, whose judgment cannot
be pronounced, like his industry, unquestionable, said,
when speaking of the p]nglish version of this ro-
mance, "It is an admirable thing;" and so far he was
right. But when he iollowed up tliis assertion witli
another, viz. " and the design, l)eing political and to
represent a wise government, was equally good," —
with all deference be it spoken, he clearly was
mistaken. The design Js not a political one, neither
is it, as others have erroneously characterized it,
satirical. Jacob Grimm, in the very first chapter of
his introductory essay to the valual)le work which he
has published upon the subject of Keyuard,* enters
into a discussion upon tliis point, and shows very
clearly the impossibility of the popular stories, in
which animals are the actors, being in their nature
satirical. We regret that we are precluded by its
length from extracting this chapter, in which the
learneil autlior ilisplays a critif-al iicunicn only to lie



* Reinhart Fuchs ron Jacob Grimm. Berlin, 1834, 8vo. The
work is (ledicntfd to Lnihman, to wlioni, in the yonr 1840, lio
addressed a supph'ment coiUuininf; his latest discoveries, under
tlie title of " SenfUc/iricl)rn an Karl Lachman von Jacob Grimm.
fflMT Jhinhnrt Fuchs."

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