Sunday, April 11, 2010

Canis et Herus (Desbillons)

SOURCE: For a complete edition of the fables of Desbillons, the 18th-century Jesuit scholar and poet, see GoogleBooks. This is fable 2.44. This is not a fable in the classical Aesopic corpus, but it makes a nicely ironic counterpart to the story of the donkey and the puppy.

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 iambic meter. You will find materials for all of these options below. :-)


VERSE MACRONS. Here is the verse text with macrons:

Domum revertēns, tempore hībernō, Canis,
Et madidus et lutulentus, ut dominum videt,
Gestitque, prōsilitque, gaudiī impotēns,
Atque renuentem sordidīs amplectitur
Pedibus. Is igitur, graviter obiurgāns: Fuge,
Fuge, ait, inepte, cum istīs indoctīs tuīs
Blanditiīs: urbānum esse tē forsan putās;
At mihi vidēris inficēta bestia.
Scripta est amīcīs fābula imprūdentibus,
Officia quōrum saepe nocent, nēdum iuvent.



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

Canis, domum revertēns, tempore hībernō, et madidus et lutulentus, ut dominum videt, gestitque, prōsilitque, gaudiī impotēns, atque renuentem amplectitur pedibus sordidīs. Is igitur, graviter obiurgāns, ait: Inepte! Fuge, fuge cum istīs indoctīs tuīs blanditiīs: forsan putās tē urbānum esse; at mihi bestia inficēta vidēris. Fābula scripta est amīcīs imprūdentibus, quōrum officia saepe nocent, nēdum iuvent.


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):

Canis, domum revértens, témpore hibérno, et mádidus et lutuléntus, ut dóminum videt, gestítque, prosilítque, gaúdii ímpotens, atque renuéntem ampléctitur pédibus sórdidis. Is ígitur, gráviter obiúrgans, ait: Inépte! Fuge, fuge cum istis indóctis tuis blandítiis: forsan putas te urbánum esse; at mihi béstia inficéta vidéris. Fábula scripta est amícis imprudéntibus, quorum offícia saepe nocent, nedum iuvent.


IAMBIC METER. Here is the verse text with some color coding to assist in the iambic meter. The disyllabic elements (iambs/spondees) are not marked, but the trisyllabic elements are color-coded: dactyls are red, anapests are purple, and tribrachs are green (as is any proceleusmaticus, although that is a rare creature); for more information, here are some Notes on Iambic Meter.

Domum· rever·tēns, tem·por~ hī·bernō,· Canis,
Et madi·dus et
· lutulen·tus, ut· dominum· videt,
Gestit·que, prō·silit·que, gau·di~ im·potēns,
Atque re·nuen·tem sor·didīs· amplec·titur
PedibusIs igi·tur, gravi·ter ob·iurgāns:· Fuge,
Fug~ ait,· inep·te, c~ is·tīs in·doctīs· tuīs
Blanditi·īs: ur·bān~ es·se tē· forsan· putās;
At mihi· vidē·ris in·ficē·ta bes·tia.
Script~ est· amī·cīs fā·bul~ im·prūden·tibus,
Offici·a quō·rum sae·pe nocent,· nēdum· iuvent.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing a muddy dog:


What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches:
Canis, domum revertens, tempore hiberno, et madidus et lutulentus, ut dominum videt, gestitque, prosilitque, gaudii impotens, atque renuentem amplectitur pedibus sordidis. Is igitur, graviter obiurgans, ait: Inepte! Fuge, fuge cum istis indoctis tuis blanditiis: forsan putas te urbanum esse; at mihi bestia inficeta videris. Fabula scripta est amicis imprudentibus, quorum officia saepe nocent, nedum iuvent.

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