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251. DE REGE ET SIMIA. (Perry 463)

SImiolae scirent saltandi doctius arte
Fecerat Aegypti rex moderatus opes.
(Nam ceu mortale non verius ulla figuram
Bestia, quam facie Simia pene, refert:
Sic haud humanos imitatur, et exprimit actus
Certius ulla, potest quos ca docta sequi:)
Quae cum iam nossent agiles saltare choreas,
Edere coeperunt illius artis opus.
Purpureo comptae saltasse [Reg: saltavisse] feruntur amictu,
Personata modis his ea turba fuit.
Illa diu placuere suo spectacula lusu,
Coeperat his visa gratius esse nihil.
Sed spectator adest simul haud rudis arte iocandi,
Dicitur ille nuces occuluisse sinu,
In medium quas hoc iam proiciene [(perhaps: proiciente)] choream
Simiolas captam deseruisse ferunt.
Esse modo tali coepere, quod ante fuerunt,
Naturamque sequi more priore suam.
Non concessa tibi fortunae munera mentem
Immutare velis hoc licet ipse, valent.

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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.