Monday, February 21, 2011

Image: Turdus Visco Captus


M0498 - M0499 - M0500
499. Turdus Visco Captus. Turdus, in retia aucupis incurrens, nec se extricare valens, supra modum suam sortem dolebat, non tam quod sibi moriendum esset, quantum quod suis ipse armis periret; visco enim captus erat, et viscum e turdorum stercore fieri aiunt. Quem enim non taedeat mori, qui suae mortis causa sit?



M0499 (not in Perry). Source: Irenaeus 30. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; it is based on Abstemius 178, and Perry omitted most of Abstemius’s fables. Compare the fable of the eagle and the arrow, #414.

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