Parker Library 16, fol. 182r, by permission of the
Master and Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

William of Auvergne

On Spiders

Introduction by Roland Teske

William says: "But in order to raise you up and direct you to the more lofty consideration of the care and providence of the creator in very small matters, consider and investigate where spiders learn or learned to spin, make threads, or weave their webs or nets, likewise where they learned that flies would fall into their webs, and that flies should naturally be their prey or food before they saw their mothers making threads, before they knew of either threads, webs, or nets, and before a fly was seen by them."

Original Latin