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Phryx Aesopus (Osius, 1574)

106. ABIES ET DUMETA. (Perry 304)

FOrte loquens Abies vicinis ardua Dumis,
Hos spernens tumidis vocibus usa fuit.
Qui dixere, licet nobis praestantior extes [(perhaps: exstes?)] ,
Deteriore tamen conditione manes.
Quam premit usque frequens variis iniuria damnis,
Diique, hominesque tibi quae dare mille solent.
Ut te non alii praestantem viribus aequent,
Non tamen hos prae te temnere crede tuum.
Ut lapsu graviore ruant, tolluntur in altum
Multi, res superos nulla superba iuvat.

** The image does not fit the fable. **
It looks more appropriate for Fable 103.


Phryx Aesopus Habitu Poetico, by Hieronymus Osius, 1574 (artist not identified). Available online at the University of Mannheim. This book clearly recycles a set of images from another book of Aesop's fables. In some cases, the illustration does not match the fable shown, and in some cases I have not been able to identify what fable a given illustration is supposed to illustrate.