Thursday, May 6, 2010

Haedus et Lupus (Osius)

SOURCE: The poem comes from Phryx Aesopus Habitu Poetico, by Hieronymus Osius, published in 1574, and online at the University of Mannheim as page images and text scan. This is poem 79 in the collection. For parallel versions, see Perry 98.

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons in verse form, or macrons in prose order, or accent marks in prose order, or focusing on the meter. You will find materials for all of these options below. :-)


VERSE MACRONS. Here is the verse text with macrons:

In tectō stāns forte domūs inclāmat euntem
Haedulus, hāc illō praetereunte, Lupum.
Cuī Lupus: haud tua, sed tectī maledicta lacessunt
Nos, ait, et nīl haec verba morātus abit.
Saepe locī ratiō timidīs et temporis affert,
Fortibus īnsultent quā petulanter, opem.


PROSE MACRONS. Here is the same text with macrons written out in prose word order:

Haedulus, forte in domūs tectō stāns, Lupum hāc euntem inclāmat, illō praetereunte. Cuī Lupus ait: Haud tua, sed tectī maledicta nos lacessunt. Et abit, nīl haec verba morātus. Saepe locī et temporis ratiō timidīs opem affert, quā petulanter fortibus īnsultent.


STRESS (ACCENT) MARKS. Here is the prose text with accents, plus some color-coding for the words of three or more syllables (blue: penultimate stress; red: antepenultimate stress):

Haédulus, forte in domus tecto stans, Lupum hac eúntem inclámat, illo praetereúnte. Cui Lupus ait: Haud tua, sed tecti maledícta nos lacéssunt. Et abit, nil haec verba morátus. Saepe loci et témporis ratio tímidis opem affert, qua petulánter fórtibus insúltent.


ELEGIAC COUPLET METER. Below I have used an interpunct dot · to indicate the metrical elements in each line, and a double line || to indicate the hemistichs of the pentameter line.

In tec·tō stāns· forte do·mūs in·clāmat e·untem
Haedulus,· hāc il·lō || praetere·unte, Lu·pum.
Cuī Lupus: ·haud tua,· sed tec·tī male·dicta la·cessunt
Nos, ait, ·et nīl ·haec || verba mo·rātus a·bit.
Saepe lo·cī rati·ō timi·dīs et ·temporis· affert,
Fortibus ·īnsul·tent || quā petu·lanter, o·pem.


IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source).


What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches: Haedulus, forte in domus tecto stans, Lupum hac euntem inclamat, illo praetereunte. Cui Lupus ait: Haud tua, sed tecti maledicta nos lacessunt. Et abit, nil haec verba moratus. Saepe loci et temporis ratio timidis opem affert, qua petulanter fortibus insultent.

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