Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Image: Rusticus et Pons


M0826 - M0827 - M0828

827. Rusticus et Pons. Rusticus, de cuius manu securis cecidit in aquam, coepit super pontem exspectare, donec tota transiret aqua. Rusticus exspectat dum defluat amnis, at ille labitur et labetur in omne volubilis aevum. Ita scientia scientiae, opiniones opinionibus, et libri libris semper succedunt.



M0827 (not in Perry). Source: De Vitry 34. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry was not systematic in his coverage of medieval sources. The phrase labitur et labetur in omne volubilis aevum is from Horace, Epistles 1.2. Compare the donkey waiting by the riverside, #220, or the man who lost his axe, #781.

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