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227. PULEX. (Perry 231)

INsiliens in cuiusdam, quo gaudetis uti
More pedem mordax coeperat esse Pulex.
Oppressurus opem mox Herculis ille requirit,
Quem frustrata tamen spes sua vana fuit.
Namque Pulex celeri saltu sese inde reduxit,
AEgre quod gemitu teste ferebat homo.
Hui quid, magna forem si passus, ab Hercule sperem,
Parva mihi passo si mala durus abest?
Non erit in paruis fas implorare potentum,
Fas erit in magnis poscere rebus opem.

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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.