Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Corvus et Vulpes (Barlow)

SOURCE: You can find Francis Barlow's illustrated edition of Aesop's fables (1687 edition) available online at Michigan State University. I've also transcribed the fables at the Aesopus wiki, with page images at Aesopica.net. This is fable 67 in Barlow. For parallel versions, see Perry 124.

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:

Nactō cāseī frustō, Corvus in Arborem volāvit. Quem cum Vulpes cōnspexerat, abundē collaudat pennārum pulchritūdinem et corporis formam, nīl illī dēesse ( inquiēns ) nisi vōcis harmoniam, unde Iovis āles ēvāderet. Quod cum Corvus audierat, cantāre cōnātus ōre solūtō, cāseus ēlabitur, quem cum dēvorasset Vulpes, cachinnōs mōvit, dīcēns nīl Corvō, praeterquam cor et mentem, dēfutūrum.


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):

Nacto cásei frusto, Corvus in Árborem volávit. Quem cum Vulpes conspéxerat, abúnde collaúdat pennárum pulchritúdinem et córporis formam, nil illi deésse (ínquiens) nisi vocis harmóniam, unde Iovis ales eváderet. Quod cum Corvus audíerat, cantáre conátus ore solúto, cáseus elábitur, quem cum devorásset Vulpes, cachínnos movit, dicens nil Corvo, praetérquam cor et mentem, defutúrum.


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:

Nacto casei frusto,
Corvus
in Arborem volavit.
Quem cum Vulpes conspexerat,
abunde collaudat
pennarum pulchritudinem et corporis formam,
nil illi deesse (inquiens)
nisi vocis harmoniam,
unde Iovis ales evaderet.
Quod cum Corvus audierat,
cantare conatus
ore soluto,
caseus elabitur,
quem cum devorasset Vulpes,
cachinnos movit, dicens
nil Corvo,
praeterquam cor et mentem,
defuturum.



IMAGE. Here is Francis Barlow's illustration for the story:




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