Friday, May 7, 2010

Asinus et Equus de Hordeo (Ademar)

SOURCE: You can find the fables of Ademar in Hervieux, volume 2, which is available at GoogleBooks. This is fable 58 in Ademar. For other versions, see Perry 571.

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:

Equum cum rogāret Asinus parum sibi hordeī dare: Libenter, inquit, sī possem, et prō dignitāte nostrā largē tribuerem. Sed cum vēnerimus ad praesēpia vespere, dabō tibi folliculum plēnum farre. Et Asellus: Quī rem tam parvam negās, quid in māiōrī tē factūrum existimem? Quī cum magna prōmittunt, parva negant: est in dandō lentus quī tenax fuit in pollicitandō.


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):

Equum cum rogáret Ásinus parum sibi hórdei dare: Libénter, inquit, si possem, et pro dignitáte nostra large tribúerem. Sed cum venérimus ad praesépia véspere, dabo tibi follículum plenum farre. Et Aséllus: Qui rem tam parvam negas, quid in maióri te factúrum exístimem? Qui cum magna promíttunt, parva negant: est in dando lentus qui tenax fuit in pollicitándo.


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:

Equum cum rogaret Asinus
parum sibi hordei dare:
Libenter, inquit, si possem,
et pro dignitate nostra
large tribuerem.
Sed
cum venerimus ad praesepia
vespere,
dabo tibi
folliculum plenum farre.
Et Asellus:
Qui rem tam parvam negas,
quid in maiori
te facturum existimem?
Qui
cum magna promittunt,
parva negant:
est in dando lentus
qui tenax fuit in pollicitando.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) - it's actually for another fable, but it fits this story of the proud horse and the sad donkey, too.




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