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117. BUBULCUS. (Perry 481)

LIgna domum plaustro collecta Bubulcus agebat,
Quod via stare tamen mox salebrosa facit.
Quo facto stans ille Deos orare, Deasque
Coepit opem, currum nec tamen ipse iuvat.
Praecipue vero, quem roboris omine vulgo
Mortales colerent, Herculis orat opem.
Sponte requirenti qui sese huic protinus offert,
Ignavumque vocans voce monentis ait:
Admoveas prius ipse manus segnissime plaustro,
Nec stimulos lateri subdere perge boum.
Inde Deos relevent haerentem pondere currum
Posce, iuvant illi forte laboris opus.
Hi ne te cessante preces audire recusent,
Auxilium studio ferre vigente solent.
Esse laboranti solet exorabile numen,
Otia sectanti ferre recusat opem.

*** The drawing does not fit the fable. ***
This looks like an illustration for Perry 540.


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.