Mythologia ethica, or, Three centuries of Æsopian fables in English prose done from Æsop, Phædrus, Camerarius, and all other eminent authors on this subject : illustrated with moral, philosophical, and political precepts : also with aphorisms and proverbs in several languages, and adorned with many curious sculptures cut on copper plates
Ayres, Philip, 1638-1712., Aesop.

FAB. XXII. The Eel and the Serpent.

AN Eel and a Serpent discoursing together, the Eel lamented her unhappy condition, that was subject to so many Dangers; Man, the implacable Enemy of all their Species, having always so many cunning Snares and Stratagems prepared for their Destruction. Whilst thou, added she, being so like me, that we seem Twins, art in Danger of none of this Treachery to be practi∣sed upon thee; but enjoying a long life, dost pass it securely without hazard. 'Tis true, re∣plyed the Serpent, nor shouldst thou wonder at it: For whosoever presumes to disturb my rest, and make any bold attempt against me, I let not the Injury go unpunished.

Do not rouze the sleeping Lion. Ultio fructus est irae.
Tertul.
—Rabido nec perditus ore,
Fumantem nasum vivi tentaveris ursi.
Martialis.