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Lucius Apuleius - The Golden Ass

Lucius Apuleius - The Golden Ass

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The Golden Ass
Apuleius, Lucius(Translator: William Adlington)
Fiction, Humorous
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To the Right Honourable and Mighty Lord, THOMAS EARLE OFSUSSEX, Viscount Fitzwalter, Lord of Egremont and of Burnell, Knightof the most noble Order of the Garter, Iustice of the forrests and Chasesfrom Trent Southward; Captain of the Gentleman Pensioners of theHouse of the QUEENE our Soveraigne Lady.After that I had taken upon me (right Honourable) in manner of thatunlearned and foolish Poet, Cherillus, who rashly and unadvisedlywrought a big volume in verses, of the valiant prowesse of Alexanderthe Great, to translate this present booke, contayning the Metamorphosisof Lucius Apuleius; being mooved thereunto by the right pleasant pas-time and delectable matter therein; I eftsoones consulted with myself, towhom I might best offer so pleasant and worthy a work, devised by theauthor, it being now barbarously and simply framed in our Englishtongue. And after long deliberation had, your honourable lordship cameto my remembrance, a man much more worthy, than to whom sohomely and rude a translation should be presented. But when I again re-membred the jesting and sportfull matter of the booke, unfit to be offeredto any man of gravity and wisdome, I was wholly determined to makeno Epistle Dedicatory at all; till as now of late perswaded thereunto bymy friends, I have boldly enterprised to offer the same to your Lordship,who as I trust wil accept the same, than if it did entreat of some seriousand lofty matter, light and merry, yet the effect thereof tendeth to a goodand vertuous moral, as in the following Epistle to the reader may be de-clared. For so have all writers in times past employed their travell and la- bours, that their posterity might receive some fruitfull profit by the same.And therfore the poets feined not their fables in vain, considering thatchildren in time of their first studies, are very much allured thereby toproceed to more grave and deepe studies and disciplines, whereas theirmindes would quickly loath the wise and prudent workes of learnedmen, wherein in such unripe years they take no spark of delectation atall. And not only that profit ariseth to children by such feined fables, butalso the vertues of men are covertly thereby commended, and their vicesdiscommended and abhorred. For by the fable of Actaeon, where it isfeigned that he saw Diana washing her selfe in a well, hee was immedi-ately turned into an Hart, and so was slain of his own Dogs; may beemeant, That when a man casteth his eyes on the vain and soone fading beauty of the world, consenting thereto in his minde, hee seemeth to beeturned into a brute beast, and so to be slain by the inordinate desire of 

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