Thursday, April 8, 2010

Asinus Controversus (Osius)

SOURCE: The poem comes from Phryx Aesopus Habitu Poetico, by Hieronymus Osius, published in 1574, and online at the University of Mannheim as page images and text scan. This is poem 125 in the collection. This is not a fable found in Perry's classical canon of Aesop's fables.

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:

Cum duo, rēs peregrē quōs forsan agenda vocābat,
Dēsertī legerent per loca rūris iter:
Hīc Asinum cernunt nullō custōde vagārī,
Ad quem corripiunt sē properante gradū.
Iūre suum, praedae dum laetus uterque propinquat,
Quod prior errantem vīderit, esse refert.
At dum stulta carent ea iurgia fīne duōrum,
Sē procul intereā prōripit inde pecus.
Sīc cēpēre tamen quem nondum, pugnat uterque
Esse suum frustrā, līber Asellus abit.
Quae placidō poterās cōnsēnsū saepe tuērī,
Turpiter āmittī līs inimāca facit.



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

Cum duo, quōs rēs agenda peregrē forsan vocābat, per rūris dēsertī loca iter legerent: Hīc cernunt Asinum vagārī, nullō custōde, ad quem sē corripiunt, properante gradū. uterque, dum praedae laetus propinquat, refert suum esse iūre quod prior errantem vīderit. At dum duōrum ea iurgia stulta fīne carent, intereā procul inde pecus sē prōripit. Frustrā uterque pugnat esse suum, quem tamen sīc nondum cēpēre, Asellus līber abit. Haec, quae saepe cōnsēnsū placidō tuērī poterās, līs inimīca āmittī turpiter facit.


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):

Cum duo, quos res agénda péregre forsan vocábat, per ruris desérti loca iter légerent: Hic cernunt Ásinum vagári, nullo custóde, ad quem se corrípiunt, properánte gradu. Utérque, dum praedae laetus propínquat, refert suum esse iure quod prior errántem víderit. At dum duórum ea iúrgia stulta fine carent, intérea procul inde pecus se próripit. Frustra utérque pugnat esse suum, quem tamen sic nondum cepére, Ásellus liber abit. Haec, quae saepe consénsu plácido tuéri póteras, lis inimíca amítti túrpiter facit.


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.

Cum duo,· rēs pere·grē quōs· forsan a·genda vo·cābat,
Dēser·tī lege·rent || per loca· rūris i·ter:
Hīc Asi·num cer·nunt nul·lō cus·tōde va·gārī,
Ad quem· corripi·unt || sē prope·rante gra·dū.
Iūre su·um, prae·dae dum ·laetus u·terque pro·pinquat,
Quod prior· erran·tem || vīderit,· esse re·fert.
At dum ·stulta ca·rent ea ·iurgia· fīne du·ōrum,
Sē procul ·intere·ā || prōripit· inde pe·cus.
Sīc cē·pēre ta·men quem· nondum, ·pugnat u·terque
Esse su·um frus·trā, || līber A·sellus a·bit.
Quae placi·dō pote·rās cōn·sēnsū· saepe tu·ērī,
Turpiter· āmit·tī || līs ini·māca fa·cit.


IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing a donkey with nothing to do and no visible owner nearby:



What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches: Cum duo, quos res agenda peregre forsan vocabat, per ruris deserti loca iter legerent: Hic cernunt Asinum vagari, nullo custode, ad quem se corripiunt, properante gradu. uterque, dum praedae laetus propinquat, refert suum esse iure quod prior errantem viderit. At dum duorum ea iurgia stulta fine carent, interea procul inde pecus se proripit. Frustra uterque pugnat esse suum, quem tamen sic nondum cepere, Asellus liber abit. Haec, quae saepe consensu placido tueri poteras, lis inimica amitti turpiter facit.

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