Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mures et Feles (Dana)

SOURCE: Liber Primus, by Joseph Dana (1832) at GoogleBooks. For more information and other versions of this fable, see the links list for Perry 165.

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:

Mūribus bellum erat adversus fēlēs. Perpetuō autem victī mūrēs in eam ībant sententiam, sē ā fēlibus ideo superātōs esse, quod nullīus regerentur imperiō. Commūnī itaque cōnsēnsū ducēs sibi dēlēgērunt; quī, ut cōnspectiōrēs fierent cēterīs, cornua sibi adaptārunt. Nōn multō autem post pugna commissa est. Murēs iterum victī cessēre, et fugā dīlapsī facile in latēbrās sē recēpērunt. At ducibus obstitit cornuum magnitūdo: captī itaque miserē dīlacerantur.



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):

Múribus bellum erat advérsus feles. Perpétuo autem victi mures in eam ibant senténtiam, se a félibus ídeo superátos esse, quod nullíus regeréntur império. Commúni ítaque consénsu duces sibi delegérunt; qui, ut conspectióres fíerent céteris, córnua sibi adaptárunt. Non multo autem post pugna commíssa est. Mures íterum victi cessére, et fuga dilápsi fácile in latébras se recepérunt. At dúcibus óbstitit córnuum magnitúdo: capti ítaque mísere dilacerántur.



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:

Muribus
bellum erat adversus feles.
Perpetuo autem victi mures
in eam ibant sententiam,
se
a felibus ideo superatos esse,
quod nullius regerentur imperio.
Communi itaque consensu
duces sibi delegerunt;
qui,
ut conspectiores fierent ceteris,
cornua sibi adaptarunt.
Non multo autem post
pugna commissa est.
Mures iterum victi cessere,
et fuga dilapsi
facile in latebras se receperunt.
At ducibus
obstitit cornuum magnitudo:
capti itaque
misere dilacerantur.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) show the safety of the mousehole, but woe to the mice who didn't get inside!




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