Friday, May 7, 2010

Vulpes in Puteo et Lupus (Abstemius)

SOURCE: You can find both the first and second "hecatomythia" of Abstemius in Nevelet's monumental Aesop published in 1610, available at GoogleBooks. You can find out more about Abstemius at the Aesopus wiki. This is fable 115 in Abstemius. Perry only includes a few sporadic fables from Abstemius in his index, and there is no Perry number for this fable.

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 in puteum dēlapsa, et iamiam submergenda, rogābat lupum in puteī margine existentem, ut dēmissō fūne illinc eam ēdūceret. Cui lupus, quōmodo, inquit, istuc dēcidistī? Nōn est nunc, ait vulpes, istuc narrandī tempus: Cum mē hinc subdūxeris, tibi ordine cuncta narrābō. Fābula indicat, quando perīclitantibus celerī auxiliō opus est, supervacuīs verbīs tempus nōn esse terendum.

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 in púteum delápsa, et iamiam submergénda, rogábat lupum in pútei márgine existéntem, ut demísso fune illinc eam edúceret. Cui lupus, quómodo, inquit, istuc decidísti? Non est nunc, ait vulpes, istuc narrándi tempus: Cum me hinc subdúxeris, tibi órdine cuncta narrábo. Fábula índicat, quando periclitántibus céleri auxílio opus est, supervácuis verbis tempus non esse teréndum.

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:

in puteum delapsa,
et iamiam submergenda,
rogabat lupum
in putei margine existentem,
demisso fune
illinc eam educeret.
Cui lupus,
quomodo, inquit,
istuc decidisti?
Non est nunc, ait vulpes,
istuc narrandi tempus:
Cum me hinc subduxeris,
tibi ordine cuncta narrabo.
Fabula indicat,
quando periclitantibus
celeri auxilio opus est,
supervacuis verbis
tempus non esse terendum.

IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source), showing Barlow's illustration for the story:

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