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116. MUS ET TAURUS. (Perry 353)

EST qui fusus humi, Mus quodam tempore Tauri
Mordicus arrepens arripit ore pedem.
Unde quies illum turbata dolore reliquit,
Ulturo facinus cui gravis ira fuit.
Exsilit, et lustrans oculis circumspicit hostem,
Nec tamen auctorem vulneris ille videt.
Exsultasse ferunt laeto tum pectore Murem,
Et iactasse suae calliditatis opus.
Quod tam parva suis ingentem bestia membris
Quiverit insultans exagitare Bovem.
Qui vires, cum sint imbelli corpore, iactent,
Stultitiae produnt hac levitate nefas.
At quorum praestant nervosis corpora membris,
Parcius hi freti viribus esse velint.

** The image does not fit the fable. **
The same image appears at Fable 31, where it fits.


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.