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Aesop's Fables and Other Parables: Odo of Cheriton

13. DE FENICE (sic).
Perry

Et quod appropinquante morte bona debent multiplicare
Consuetudo est quod Fenix (sic), que est unica auis in terra, quando im[m]inet tempus mortis sue, colligit fru(c)tices et ramos aromaticos et facit inde nidum suum; et accenditur nidus et comburitur Fenix, et ex illa combu[s]tione oritur alius Fenix.
Similiter uir iustus precipue, im[m]inente morte, debet multiplicare bona et in illis debet vitam mortalem finire, et ita orietur inde alia uita beata et inmortalis.


The Latin text of Odo shown here is taken from Léopold Hervieux, Les fabulistes latins depuis le siècle d'Auguste jusqu'à la. fin du Moyen-Age (1893-1899). There is a delightful English translation of Odo by John Jacobs, which is still in print. It's a lovely book!