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201. VULPES ET CROCODILUS. (Perry 20)

QUadrupedem perhibent nasci Crocodilon in oris,
Quas riguis late Nilus oberrat aquis.
Horrendum aspectu monstrum, immanemque lacertam
Hac referens specie squamea terga gerit.
Huic quae tota rigent deformibus horrida rugis,
Terribilem vasto corpore forma facit.
Acriter hic rixans cum Vulpe probare volebat,
Clarius esset utri nobilitate genus.
Tum praeclara refert quia plurima facta suorum,
Verbaque iactando se crocodilus habet.
Nil opus est verbis, Vulpecula dixit, honorum
Quod decus ostentas, indice pelle probes.
Mendaci sermone feros res ipsa refutat,
Non ulli faciunt verba proterva fidem.

*** The drawing does not fit the fable. ***
It looks like an illustration of Perry 640.


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.