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Phryx Aesopus (Osius, 1574)

283. DE HIRUDINE. (Perry 0)

ULceris exsugens infecti virus Hirudo,
Attrahit huic quicquid paene cruoris inest.
Cogitur unde mori diro differta veneno,
Illa sequens avidam poena perire facit.
Ingluvie non est immanior altera pestis,
Quae celeri plures turpiter ense necat.

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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.