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137. COLUMBA ET PICA. (Perry 0)

TU cur ova loco paris uno Pica Columbae,
Excludique solent hic ea semper, ait?
An non ipsa paras prudentior esse rapinis,
Quas hominum furto cogeris usque pati?
Me mea simplicitas (perhibent dixisse Columbam)
Impedit, haec patiens talia furta fero.
Simplicitas haud ipsa nocens obnoxia fraudi est,
Quam tamen indigne non ea ferre solet.

*** The drawing does not fit the fable. ***
The same image appears at Fable 138 and Fable 15.


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.