Monday, June 20, 2011

Image: Luscinia et Cicindela


M0541 - M0542 - M0543
542. Luscinia et Cicindela. Dum luscinia, super lauro sedens, sonis canoris noctem quondam aestivam mulcet, cicindela ignes suos iactare et gloriari incepit, rata se sidus terrestre esse et sic dictitans. Luscinia admonet, “Nunc cum tenebrae tibi favent, micas quidem lumine aliquo insignis, sed simul lux publica umbram expulerit et te afflaverit, turpicula bestia videberis, qualis es.”



M0542 (not in Perry). Source: Desbillons 13.19 (adapted into prose). This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; it appears original to Desbillons, as he cites no source. Compare the story of the stars and the sun, #740.

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