Excerpt from The Old English Physiologus: Text and Prose Translation
It has been said: 'with the exception of the Bible, there is perhaps no other book in all literature that has been more widely current in every cultivated tongue and among every class of people.' Such currency might be illustrated from many English authors. Two passages from Elizabethan literature may serve as specimens - the one from Spenser, the other from Shakespeare. The former is from the Faerie Queene (1.
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