Title: Arbores in deorum tutela

Author:FEDRO
Subject:POETRY
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Arbores in deorum tutela

Olim quas vellent esse in tutela sua
divi legerunt arbores. Quercus Iovi,
at myrtus Veneri placuit, Phoebo laurea,
pinus Cybebae, populus celsa Herculi.
Minerva admirans quare steriles sumerent
interrogavit. Causam dixit Iuppiter:
"Honorem fructu ne videamur vendere."
"At mehercules narrabit quod quis voluerit,
oliva nobis propter fructum est gratior."
Tum sic deorum genitor atque hominum sator:
"O nata, merito sapiens dicere omnibus.
Nisi utile est quod facimus, stulta est gloria."
Nihil agere quod non prosit fabella admonet.

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