Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cornix et Columba (J&D)

SOURCE: Second Latin Book: Jacobs' and Doering's Latin Reader (1845) at GoogleBooks. I'm not sure where this fable got its start (does anybody know?), but you can compare it to this traditional fable where the dove is boasting about her offspring and is rebuked by the crow (Perry 202).

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons or accent marks - and read the text out loud until you feel comfortable and confident. Then, try reading the unmarked text at the bottom. It should be easy for you after practicing with the marked texts. :-)

MACRONS. Here is the text with macrons:

Cornix columbae grātulābātur fēcunditātem, quod singulīs mēnsibus pullōs exclūderet. At illa, "Nē meī (inquit) dolōris causam commemorēs. Nam quōs pullōs edūcō, eōs dominus raptōs aut ipse comedit aut aliīs comedendōs vendit. Ita mihi mea fēcunditas novum semper luctum parit."

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

Cornix colúmbae gratulabátur fecunditátem, quod síngulis ménsibus pullos exclúderet. At illa, "Ne mei (inquit) dolóris causam commémores. Nam quos pullos edúco, eos dóminus raptos aut ipse cómedit aut áliis comedéndos vendit. Ita mihi mea fecúnditas novum semper luctum parit."

UNMARKED TEXT. Here is the unmarked text - after practicing with the marked text that you prefer, you should not have any trouble with the unmarked text:

columbae gratulabatur fecunditatem,
singulis mensibus pullos excluderet.
At illa,
mei (inquit) doloris causam
Nam quos pullos educo,
eos dominus raptos aut ipse comedit
aut aliis comedendos vendit.
Ita mihi mea fecunditas
novum semper luctum parit."

IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source):

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