Saturday, June 25, 2011

Image: Alaudae et Bubo


M0502 - M0503 - M0504
503. Alaudae et Bubo. Alaudae bubonem sibi regem praefecerunt, ut eas ab importunis avibus defenderet, eo quod fortis et proceri corporis esse videretur. Cum autem quadam die volarent, capta est alauda illa quae in extremo exercitus alias sequebatur et delata est querimonia ad regem, qui respondit, “Quare in extremo et periculoso loco ibat?” Postmodum capta est alia quae in prima parte volabat, et respondit bubo, “Quare in prima parte se posuit?” Tandem, capta quadam alauda, quae in medio volabat, respondit bubo, “Quare inquietatis me? Quid vultis ut faciam vobis? Semper consuetudo fuit ut a nisis caperentur alaudae.”



M0503 (not in Perry). Source: De Vitry 4. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry was not systematic in his coverage of medieval sources. The word nisus is another Latin name for the hawk. For another useless king, see the story of the “Duke” bird, #521.

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