Thursday, March 4, 2010

Abies et Rubus (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 304.

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:

Abiēs rubum dēspiciēns eī exprōbrābat, quod nullī esset ūsuī, cum ipsa tectīs et domibus extruendīs īnserviret. Cui ille, "Nisi tibi, Ō misella, ē memoriā excidissent secūris et serra, quae tē exscidērunt, mallēs sānē rubus esse quam abiēs.



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):

Ábies rubum despíciens ei exprobrábat, quod nulli esset úsui, cum ipsa tectis et dómibus extruéndis inservíret. Cui ille, "Nisi tibi, O misélla, e memória excidíssent secúris et serra, quae te exscidérunt, malles sane rubus esse quam ábies.



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:

Abies
rubum despiciens
ei exprobrabat,
quod nulli esset usui,
cum ipsa
tectis et domibus extruendis
inserviret.
Cui ille,
"Nisi tibi, O misella,
e memoria excidissent
securis et serra,
quae te exsciderunt,
malles sane
rubus esse
quam abies.



IMAGE. For an image of the story, here is an illustration from Steinhowel's Aesop published in 1479:




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