Saturday, August 21, 2010

Illustrated: Lima et Serpens


M0761 - M0762 - M0763

762. Lima et Serpens. Serpens quidam in vicini sui tabernam ingressus esse dicitur ut cibum peteret, neque quicquam quod roderet invenisse, nisi limam. “Te miserum,” inquit haec, “atque inscium! Quidnam tibi vis? Duriorem quam te rem adgrederis. Prius omnes tibi dentes, stultissime, ruperis quam mihi vel minimum abrades. Sola vetustas me exedet.”

Serpens et Lima

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Brescia images. I really like this evil-looking snake. There is also a similarly evil-looking snake in the Brescia illustration of the story of the farmer who warmed a snake.

M0762 = Perry093. Source: La Fontaine 5.16 (translated into Latin prose by Moore). This is Perry 93. Compare the fable of the weasel and the file, #194.

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