Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Puer et Fur (Trinity)

SOURCE: This poem was composed by the anonymous "Trinity Master" who published a lovely little book in 1852 setting Latin fables in prose side-by-side with his verse compositions; read the book at Google Books. This is poem 11 in the collection. For more versions, see Perry 581.

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons in verse form, or macrons in prose order, or accent marks in prose order, or focusing on the meter. You will find materials for all of these options below. :-)


VERSE MACRONS. Here is the verse text with macrons:

Fontibus est puteum vīvīs; ibi forte sedēbat
Flens Puer; ac Fūrī, cūr fleat ipse, refert:
"Flēre mihī fās est; nam, ruptīs fūnibus, ēheu!
Aurea sub laevās urna subīvit aquās."
Dīxerat: extemplō dīreptīs vestibus aurum
Fūr avidus sibi vult, in puteumque micat.
Vās ubi non reperit, mox sē fert rursus in aurās;
Haud Puer, haud vestis, quam tueātur, adest.


PROSE MACRONS. Here is the same text with macrons written out in prose word order:

Puteum, fontibus vīvīs est; forte Puer, flens, ibi sedēbat; ac Fūrī refert cūr ipse fleat: "Flēre mihī fās est; Nam - ēheu! - fūnibus ruptīs, urna aurea sub aquās laevās subīvit." Puer dīxerat. Fūr, avidus, aurum sibi vult; et extemplō, vestibus dīreptīs, in puteum micat. Ubi vās non reperit, mox Fur rursus in aurās sē fert; Haud Puer, haud vestis, quam tueātur, adest.


STRESS (ACCENT) MARKS. Here is the prose text with accents, plus some color-coding for the words of three or more syllables (blue: penultimate stress; red: antepenultimate stress):

Púteum, fóntibus vivis est; forte Puer, flens, ibi sedébat; ac Furi refert cur ipse fleat: "Flere mihi fas est; Nam - eheu! - fúnibus ruptis, urna aúrea sub aquas laevas subívit." Puer díxerat. Fur, ávidus, aurum sibi vult; et extémplo, véstibus diréptis, in púteum micat. Ubi vas non réperit, mox Fur rursus in auras se fert; Haud Puer, haud vestis, quam tueátur, adest.


ELEGIAC COUPLET METER. Below I have used an interpunct dot · to indicate the metrical elements in each line, and a double line || to indicate the hemistichs of the pentameter line.

Fontibus· est pute·um vīv·īs; ibi· forte se·dēbat
Flens Puer;· ac Fū·rī, || cūr fleat· ipse, re·fert:
Flēre mi·hī fās· est; nam,· ruptīs· fūnibus,· ēheu!
Aurea· sub lae·vās || urna su·bīvit a·quās.
Dīxerat:· extem·plō dī·reptīs· vestibus· aurum
Fūr avi·dus sibi· vult, || in pute·umque mi·cat.
Vās ubi· non repe·rit, mox· sē fert· rursus i·n aurās;
Haud Puer,· haud ves·tis, || quam tue·ātur, a·dest.


IMAGE. Here's an illustration for the fable (image source) from a 15th-century edition of Aesop's fables:


What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches: Puteum, fontibus vivis est; forte Puer, flens, ibi sedebat; ac Furi refert cur ipse fleat: "Flere mihi fas est; Nam - eheu! - funibus ruptis, urna aurea sub aquas laevas subivit." Puer dixerat. Fur, avidus, aurum sibi vult; et extemplo, vestibus direptis, in puteum micat. Ubi vas non reperit, mox Fur rursus in auras se fert; Haud Puer, haud vestis, quam tueatur, adest.

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