Saturday, April 24, 2010

Graculus et Pavones (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 This is fable 47 in Barlow. For parallel versions, see Perry 472.

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:

Ornāvit sē Graculus plūmīs Pāvōnis. Deinde, pulchellus sibi vīsus, fastīdītō suō genere, contulit sē ad Pāvōnēs, quī intellectā fraude stolidam avem colōribus nūdārunt. Externa pulchritūdo, sī adsit interna, grāta est. Quod sī alterutra carendum est, praestat ut externa quam interna careās.

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):

Ornávit se Gráculus plumis Pavónis. Deinde, pulchéllus sibi visus, fastidíto suo génere, cóntulit se ad Pavónes, qui intellécta fraude stólidam avem colóribus nudárunt. Extérna pulchritúdo, si adsit intérna, grata est. Quod si alterútra caréndum est, praestat ut extérna quam intérna cáreas.

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:

Ornavit se Graculus
plumis Pavonis.
Deinde, pulchellus sibi visus,
fastidito suo genere,
contulit se ad Pavones,
intellecta fraude
stolidam avem coloribus nudarunt.
Externa pulchritudo,
si adsit interna, grata est.
Quod si alterutra carendum est,
praestat ut externa
quam interna careas.

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

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