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231. DE PUERO ET FORTUNA. (Perry 174)

SEcuro putei prope fauces dicitur alti
Dormivisse metu nil prohibente Puer,
Quem Fortuna favens accedit et excitat, utque,
Surgat, eatque domum voce monente iubet:
In puteum quasi vertens te incautius, inquit,
Decideres, pueri qui male more sapis:
Stultitiae nemo tunc accusaret, at omnes
Arguerent miseris te periisse modis.
Quae sibi sponte movent insanis tristia factis,
Ascribunt homines haec mala saepe Deo.

 


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.