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TODAY'S FABLES: Here are today's fables from the Ictibus Felicibus project. These fables ALL have long marks, plus stress marks for easy reading, and the poems have meter marks, too, along with an easy-to-read prose presentation of the story:
- Rusticus et Coluber, the story of the man who foolishly pitied a snake.
- Asinus tubicen et Lepus tabellarius, a wonderful little story about how everyone - including rabbits and donkeys - have a role to play!
- Quercus et Cunei, the story of an oak's demise.
- Asinus et Lyra, the story of the donkey as a would-be musician.
- Lupi et Pastores, a fable attributed to Demosthenes about the dangers of making peace with your mortal enemies.
Leo, rex quādrupedum, adversus volūcrēs pugnatūrus, suōrum aciēs īnstruēbat. Interrogātus autem ab ursō, quid eī asinī inertiā aut leporis timiditas ad victōriam conferre possent, quōs ibi inter cēterōs mīlitēs adesse cernēbat, rēspondit: asinus tubae suae clangōre mīlitēs ad pugnam concitābit, lepus vērō ob pedum celeritātem tabellariī fungētur officiō.TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: You can get access to ALL the "proverb of the day scripts" (also available as random proverb scripts) at the SchoolhouseWidgets.com website.
3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Officium natura docet (English: Nature teaches us our duty).
3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Memoria exercendo acuitur (English: Memory is sharpened by practice).
Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Mane sub aurora res vertitur ad meliora (English: In the morning at dawn, things take a turn for the better).
Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Pecuniae oboedient omnia (Ecc. 10:19). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.
Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Rem acu tetigisti: Thou hast hitte the nayle on the headde, thou hast hitte the verye matter.
Today's Poem: Today's poem is a drinking rhyme from Wegeler, with a word list at NoDictionaries.com:
Pinta trahit pintam, trahit altera pintula pintam;English: "One pint leads to another, one little pint draws the next, and so pint by pint drunkenness is born." The Latin pinta is not classical Latin, but it is alive and well in English, of course - here's a note about its etymology.
et sic per pintas nascitur ebrietas.
For an image today, here is an illustration for the fable of the lion and his hard-working subordinates, Asinus tubicen et Lepus tabellarius:
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