Esopus von Burkhard Waldis, Zweiter Theil
See my comments on the first part of this two-part work. This second part contains first Book 4. Waldis' own title is Das Vierdte Buch der Fabeln Esopi hat Hundert newer Fabeln (1). This fourth book with its longer fables takes some 299 pages. It is followed by a T of C for both parts, listing each of the fables. What follows next is Waldis' Ein warhafftige Historien von Zweyen Mewssen followed by three fables. Then, separately paginated as a unit over some 230 pages, there are the following: Lesarten, Amnerkungen, and Wörterverzeichniss, with a final T of C for the whole two-part work. I read through the first of the hundred fables in Book 4. The fox and wolf decide to go to Rome to get remission of their sins. On their way, the ass joins them. Somewhere in the Alps, the former two start complaining about the long and difficult trip and suggest that their sins could be just as well forgiven with confession and penance here. The ass, as usual, goes along with all that they say. Wolf and fox confess major sins of aggression against animals and humans and receive understanding responses from each other. I believe that the fox gives the wolf a penance of eating only what he finds within three paces of water. Then the ass confesses once eating some straw that his driver had put into his shoe to close up a hole. The other two are outraged at this huge crime and proclaim it better that the ass physically die for this otherwise unforgiveable sin. Waldis makes clear the point that we should not be taken in by wolf and fox types around us. The upper part of this book's outer spine has separated.
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