Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Vulpes et Agricola (Spencer)

SOURCE: Scalae Primae by J.G. Spencer at GoogleBooks. Although this story certainly includes many familiar motifs, it is not a story I recognize from the Aesopic tradition. If anyone has information about the origins of this story, let me know!

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:

Vulpes callida in fundum quemdam noctū vēnit. Ibi multōs pullōs et gallīnās dēvorāvit. Tum autem eādem rīmā, quā inierat, revertī nōn poterat. Prīma lūce agricola fundum circumīre coepit. Multās gallīnās, quās nocte priōre vīderat, reperīre nōn potest. Mox autem vulpem aspexit, quae humī quasi mortua iacēbat. Itaque caudam vulpis arripit. Deinde animal super mūrum dēicit. Vulpes autem simul ac humum attigit, sine morā prōsiluit. Et priusquam agricola sē recēperat, callidum animal in tūtum pervēnit.


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):

Vulpes cállida in fundum quemdam noctu venit. Ibi multos pullos et gallínas devorávit. Tum autem eádem rima, qua iníerat, revérti non póterat. Prima luce agrícola fundum circumíre coepit. Multas gallínas, quas nocte prióre víderat, reperíre non potest. Mox autem vulpem aspéxit, quae humi quasi mórtua iacébat. Ítaque caudam vulpis árripit. Deinde ánimal super murum déicit. Vulpes autem simul ac humum áttigit, sine mora prosíluit. Et priúsquam agrícola se recéperat, cállidum ánimal in tutum pervénit.


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:

Vulpes callida
in fundum quemdam noctu venit.
Ibi
multos pullos et gallinas devoravit.
Tum autem
eadem rima, qua inierat,
reverti non poterat.
Prima luce
agricola fundum circumire coepit.
Multas gallinas,
quas nocte priore viderat,
reperire non potest.
Mox autem vulpem aspexit,
quae humi quasi mortua iacebat.
Itaque caudam vulpis arripit.
Deinde animal super murum deicit.
Vulpes autem
simul ac humum attigit,
sine mora prosiluit.
Et priusquam agricola se receperat,
callidum animal in tutum pervenit.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing a fox in the henhouse:




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