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207. PISCATORES. (Perry 21)

IAm Piscatores lassaverat hausta laborum
Vis, operam frustra tale terebat opus.
Longa fatigassent illis cum taedia vires,
Forte domum tristi mente redire parant,
Sed iam navigio saltu sese inicit horum,
Dum reliquos pisces Thunnus in amne fugit.
Hoc abeunt capto laeti, praedamque reportant,
Non haec tristitiae res sinit esse locum.
Obveniunt olim mortalibus auspice casu,
Quae labor, aut ratio nulla par are potest.

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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.