Friday, March 26, 2010

Corvus et Gallina (Stoddart)

SOURCE: New Delectus by G.H. Stoddart at GoogleBooks. For more information and other versions of this fable, see the links list for 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:

Corvus gallīnae grātulābātur quod tot ōva pareret, et eī toties pullī nascerentur. Vae mihi! inquit gallīna; nam dominus meus vorat et ōva et pullōs, aut aliīs comedendōs vendit; ita causam dolōris potius quam gaudiī memorās.

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):

Corvus gallínae gratulabátur quod tot ova páreret, et ei tóties pulli nasceréntur. Vae mihi! inquit gallína; nam dóminus meus vorat et ova et pullos, aut áliis comedéndos vendit; ita causam dolóris pótius quam gaúdii mémoras.

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:

gallinae gratulabatur
quod tot ova pareret,
et ei toties pulli nascerentur.
Vae mihi! inquit gallina;
nam dominus meus
vorat et ova et pullos,
aut aliis comedendos vendit;
ita causam doloris
potius quam gaudii memoras.

Here is an illustration from the Medici Aesop, which is online at the New York Public Library website.

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