Saturday, December 26, 2020

Centum Verba 2: Leo Amatorius et Silvanus

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Leo virginem amat. 
Perdite amat!
Virginis pater silvanus est.
Leo silvanum sollicitat, dicens, 
"Silvane, filiam tuam amo. 
Da mihi filiam in matrimonium!"
Silvanus respondet, 
"Filia tenella est. 
Delicatula virgo est. 
Tu leo es. 
Bellicosus es. 
Ungues habes, et dentes. 
Ungues et dentes filiam terrent. 
Ungues et dentes evellere debes. 
Si ungues et dentes evelles, filiam tibi dabo."
Leo ungues et dentes evellit.
Silvano dicit, 
"Ungues et dentes nunc evulsi sunt."
Silvanus leonem sine unguibus videt, et sine dentibus.
Leo imbellis est!
Silvanus leonem involat. 
Fustibus involat et abigit!
Fabula indicat:
Amor vesania est.
Propter amorem, pretiosissima perdimus et captivi sumus.

Dictionary help:

abigit —  amat —  amatorius —  amo —  amor —  amorem —  bellicosus —  captivi —  da —  dabo —  debes —  delicatula —  dentes —  dentibus —  dicens —  dicit —  est —  et —  evellere —  evelles —  evellit —  evulsi —  fabula —  filia —  filiam —  fustibus —  habes —  imbellis —  in —  indicat —  involat —  leo —  leonem —  matrimonium —  mihi —  nunc —  pater —  perdimus —  perdite —  pretiosissima —  propter —  respondet —  si —  silvane —  silvano —  silvanum —  silvanus —  sine —  sollicitat —  sum —  sumus —  sunt —  tenella —  terrent —  tibi —  tu —  tuam —  ungues —  unguibus —  vesania —  videt —  virginem —  virginis —  virgo — 

Here is the version of the fable in Mille Fabulae et Una:

Mille Fabulae et Una: 12. Leo Amatorius et Silvanus
Leo silvani cuiusdam filiam perdite amavit et patrem virginis sollicitabat ut illi virgo in matrimonium daretur. Respondebat silvanus filiam esse tenellam et delicatulam virginem et numquam hamatos eius ungues dentesque passuram. Passus est igitur leo dentes et ungues evelli ut virgine frueretur. Quod cum vidisset pater, fustibus leoni involabat et longius imbellem abigebat. Fabula indicat vesaniam inutilis amoris, propter quem pretiosissima perdimus et captivitatem patimur.

And here is an English version of the fable. This is not a translation; it's another version of the same story in 100 English words.

100-Words: The Lion in Love
A lion had fallen madly in love with the daughter of a woodcutter.
"Please let me marry your daughter," the lion said to the woodcutter. "I will love and cherish her always."
"My daughter is a tender and delicate girl," the man replied, "and she cannot endure a lion's claws and teeth."
"Do not fear," said the lion. "I will have my teeth and claws removed, and then I will marry your daughter."
The lion did as he promised, but when he returned to the woodcutter to arrange the marriage, the man beat the defenseless lion and drove him away.


Tony.T said...

Hi Laura, I've been following your blog for a few years now. I'm a college lecturer in Electrical theory, but because I studied Latin at school in the 1970s I decided to pick it up again at 49 and study it in my spare time, which I have been doing not for 10 years.

Anyway, I just wanted to say keep up the good work, and merry Christmas.

Unknown said...

I agree with Tony T., Laura.

Also, did you hear that Father Reginald Foster, the renowned Vatican Latinist, died on Christmas day? Requiescat in pace.

Laura Gibbs said...

Oh, I did not know about Father Foster... he was a colossus of Latin learning who spread so much love for the language. He left us a great legacy.
And thank you, Tony! I was thinking of shutting down this blog in 2021 since I wasn't sure what to do with it, but then -- like magic! -- I realized how it can work in tandem with my 100-word projects.