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242. IUPITER ET VIPERA. (Perry 221)

OFferrent cum dona Iovi genus omne ferarum,
Vipera tum veniens gessit in ore rosam.
Cui dixisse Iovem perhibent: Sat amabile donum,
Accipere ast hodie non quod ab angue velim.
Ut speciosa, tibi quae dent, sint dona malorum,
Non tamen illa doli suspitione carent.

(no illustration - but the image from Fable 187 fits here!)


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.