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154. CORNICIS CONSILIUM. (Perry 0)

PLures sollemni reges ut more crearent,
Res ea concilio forte coegit aves.
Sola gubernandi quod non bene ferre laborem,
A Iove quam dicunt, visa fuisset avis.
At fore cur prudens hoc dicat inutile Cornix
Iudicii causam, rettulit esse sui:
Vas quoniam citius repleri pluribus unum
Posse, sat hoc vel res ipsa fatetur, ait.
Pluraque non uno momento posse notari
Signa, fero bellum Marte movente docet.
Utilis haud unquam plures regnare potestas,
Et rem saepe gravem rectius unus agit.

*** The drawing does not fit the fable. ***
This also appears with Fable 39. It would go more appropriately with Fable 49.


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.