And all within were dead and hartles left; 1355
And th’Ape himselfe, as one whose wits were reft,
Fled here and there, and everie corner sought,
To hide himselfe from his owne feared thought.
But the false Foxe, when he the lyon heard,
Fled closely forth, streightway of death afeard,
And to the lion came, full lowly creeping, 1361
With fained face, and watrie eyne halfe weeping,
T'excuse his former treason and abusion.
And turning all unto the Apes confusion :
Nath'les the Royall Beast forbore beleeving, 1365
But bad him stay at ease till further preeving.
Then when he saw no entrance to him graunted,
Roaring yet lowder that all harts it daunted,
Upon those gates with force he fiercely flewe,,
And, rending them in pieces, felly slewe 1370
Those warders strange, and all that els he met.
But th' Ape, still flying, he no where might get:
From rowme to rowme, from beame to beame he fled
All breathles, and for feare, now almost ded;
Yet him at last the Lyon spide, and caught, 1375
And forth with shame unto his iudgement brought.
Then all the beasts he caus'd assembled bee,
To heare their doome, and sąd ensample sec:
The Foxe, first author of that treacherie,
He did uncase, and then away let flie. 1380
But th’A pes long taile (which then he had) he quight
Cat off, and both eares pared of their height;
Since which all apes but half their ears have left,
And of their tailes are utterlie bereft,