Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Image: Psittacus Honoratus


M0548 - M0549 - M0550
549. Psittacus Honoratus. Psittacus, in aula regis degens, interrogabatur a ceteris avibus quid ita in magno haberetur honore. Quibus ille, “Quia,” inquit, “exprimendi humanas voces artem edoctus sum.” Fabula nos admonet ut bonas et liberales ediscamus artes, si volumus ubique clari honorabilesque haberi.



M0549 (not in Perry). Source: Abstemius 171. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry omitted most of Abstemius’s fables. For a fable about a less fortunate parrot, see #551.

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