Friday, April 23, 2010

Cupido et Mors (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 61 in Barlow; it's not a fable that is found in the classical Aesopic corpus.

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:

Mūtābant pharētrās Mors et Cupīdo. Mortis sagittae senīle pectus penētrant et caecō amōris ignī carpuntur vēnae. Cupīdinis tēla morbīs sōlummodo et frīgore armāta glōriābantur illa corda quae iuvenīlī ignī calefacere dēbēbant. Cum hoc Cupidīnī innōtescēbat, Mortis tēlis Mortī remissīs, Cupīdo suam reposcēbat pharētram, quam illī Mors remīsit. Sed quamvīs ambae suīs iam potiuntur spīculīs, dēlīrus tamen Error remanet, saepius etenim fit, ut quaedam Cupidīnis sagitta, nivibus et glaciē, et aliae sagittae Mortis ignibus et flammīs sunt armātae.


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):

Mutábant pharétras Mors et Cupído. Mortis sagíttae seníle pectus penétrant et caeco amóris igni carpúntur venae. Cupídinis tela morbis solúmmodo et frígore armáta gloriabántur illa corda quae iuveníli igni calefácere debébant. Cum hoc Cupídini innotescébat, Mortis telis Morti remíssis, Cupído suam reposcébat pharétram, quam illi Mors remísit. Sed quamvis ambae suis iam potiúntur spículis, delírus tamen Error rémanet, saépius étenim fit, ut quaedam Cupídinis sagítta, nívibus et glácie, et áliae sagíttae Mortis ígnibus et flammis sunt armátae.


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:

Mutabant pharetras
Mors et Cupido.
Mortis sagittae
senile pectus penetrant
et caeco amoris igni
carpuntur venae.
Cupidinis tela
morbis solummodo et frigore armata
gloriabantur illa corda
quae
iuvenili igni calefacere debebant.
Cum hoc Cupidini innotescebat,
Mortis telis
Morti remissis,
Cupido
suam reposcebat pharetram,
quam illi Mors remisit.
Sed quamvis ambae
suis iam potiuntur spiculis,
delirus tamen Error remanet,
saepius etenim fit,
ut quaedam Cupidinis sagitta,
nivibus et glacie,
et aliae sagittae Mortis
ignibus et flammis
sunt armatae.



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




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