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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XII: German
 
The Ape and the Fox
By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–1781)
 
From “Fables”

“NAME me an animal, though never so skilful, that I cannot imitate!” So bragged the ape to the fox.
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  But the fox replied:  2
  “And do thou name me an animal so humble as to think of imitating thee!”  3
  Writers of my country, need I explain myself more fully?  4
 
 
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