Monday, April 12, 2010

Camelus (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 97 in the collection. For parallel versions, see Perry 117.

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:

Cornibus armārī sē forte repanda Camēlus
Ā Iove, sed vānīs vōcibus ūsa petit.
Namque precēs rīdēns stolidās is truncat et aurēs,
Hīs quoque dēformem partibus esse facit.
Rēs urgēre Deum stultīs temerāria vōtīs,
Rēspuit īnsulsās ipse iuvāre precēs.



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

Camēlus repanda forte ā Iove petit sē cornibus armārī, sed vānīs vōcibus ūsa. Namque is rīdēns precēs stolidās truncat et aurēs, hīs partibus quoque facit dēformem esse. Rēs temerāria vōtīs stultīs Deum urgēre; ipse rēspuit precēs īnsulsās iuvāre.


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):

Camélus repánda forte a Iove petit se córnibus armári, sed vanis vócibus usa. Namque is ridens preces stólidas truncat et aures, his pártibus quoque facit defórmem esse. Res temerária votis stultis Deum urgére; ipse réspuit preces insúlsas iuváre.


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.

Cornibus ·armā·rī sē· forte re·panda Ca·mēlus
Ā Iove, ·sed vā·nīs || vōcibus ·ūsa pe·tit.
Namque pre·cēs rī·dēns stoli·dās is· truncat et· aurēs,
Hīs quoque· dēfor·mem || partibus· esse fa·cit.
Rēs ur·gēre De·um stul·tīs teme·rāria ·vōtīs,
Rēspuit ·īnsul·sās || ipse iu·vāre pre·cēs.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story from the 1574 edition of Osius:



What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches: Camelus repanda forte a Iove petit se cornibus armari, sed vanis vocibus usa. Namque is ridens preces stolidas truncat et aures, his partibus quoque facit deformem esse. Res temeraria votis stultis Deum urgere; ipse respuit preces insulsas iuvare.


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