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151. CERA. (Perry 0)

DURARI lapides indigne Cera ferebat,
Hos ea quod rapido vidit ab igne sequi.
In flammas ideo sese abicit illa camini,
Sic duram fieri se quoque posse putat.
Haec cecidere tamen secus, igne soluta liquescit,
Sic ea consumi coepta repente perit.
Affectare cave rem, quam natura negavit,
Gesseris hac recte destituente nihil.

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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.