Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lepores et Ranae (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 41 in Barlow. For parallel versions, see Perry 138.

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:

Silvā īnsolitō mūgiente turbine, trepidī leporēs rapidē incipiēbant fugere. Fugientibus cum obsisteret palus, stetēre anxiī, ūtrimque comprehēnsī perīculīs. Quodque maiōris esset incitāmentum timōris, vident in palūdem īnsilientēs immergī rānās. Tum ūnus ex leporibus, cēterīs prūdentior, Quid, inquit, ināniter timēmus? Animīs opus est, corporis quidem agilitas nōbīs adest, sed animī dēsunt. Hoc perīculum turbinis nōn fugiendum, sed contemnendum.


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):

Silva insólito mugiénte túrbine, trépidi lépores rápide incipiébant fúgere. Fugiéntibus cum obsísteret palus, stetére ánxii, utrímque comprehénsi perículis. Quodque maióris esset incitaméntum timóris, vident in palúdem insiliéntes immérgi ranas. Tum unus ex lepóribus, céteris prudéntior, Quid, inquit, inániter timémus? Ánimis opus est, córporis quidem agílitas nobis adest, sed ánimi desunt. Hoc perículum túrbinis non fugiéndum, sed contemnéndum.


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:

Silva insolito mugiente turbine,
trepidi lepores
rapide incipiebant fugere.
Fugientibus
cum obsisteret palus,
stetere anxii,
utrimque comprehensi periculis.
Quodque
maioris esset incitamentum timoris,
vident
in paludem insilientes
immergi ranas.
Tum unus ex leporibus,
ceteris prudentior,
Quid, inquit, inaniter timemus?
Animis opus est,
corporis quidem agilitas
nobis adest,
sed animi desunt.
Hoc periculum turbinis
non fugiendum, sed contemnendum.



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




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