Sunday, January 30, 2011

Boothby: The Viper and the File

With envious tooth who others tear,
May find their bite retorted here.
A Viper in a cutler's shop,
Sought on some eatable to drop;
He bit a File; with haughty tone
Who said, "Vain fool! let me alone;
Thinks thou that he thy tooth will feel,
Who bites himself the hardest steel?"

Source: Boothby - Phaedrus 4.8.
Serpens et Lima

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Brescia images. I really like this evil-looking snake!

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