April 3, 2011

35. Canis Fidus




Rex olim
in móntibus venabátur.
Dum autem abest,
canem
praesídio infánti fílio relínquit.
Mox domum redit.
Infántem autem
reperíre non potest.
Tum
guttas sánguinis humi videt.
Statim canem culpat.
"Pérfide custos," inquit,
"voravísti fílium meum."
Sine mora
canem gládio transfígit.
Nec multo post
infántis vocem audit.
Fílium suum,
vivum et íntegrum, réperit.
Haud procul
lupi corpus videt,
quem
canis occíderat.
Ítaque canem
magna cum cura sépelit.
In sepúlcro
magnum lápidem ponit.
Dóminus póstea
per totam vitam
fidum canem lugébat.


TEXT SOURCE: Scalae Primae: A First Latin Reader, by J. G. Spencer (1908), with a vocabulary list in the back.

2 comments:

  1. You refer to the Welsh legend of Beth Gelert.The dog was Gelert and the village where the action is purported to have happened is 'Beddgelert;(pron Bethgelert))translating as Grave of Gelert'

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  2. Exactly: in folklore handbooks, it is often referred to simply as the tale of Beth Gellert - there is a fine collection of the stories heres online at Dan Ashliman's website:
    http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0178a.html
    (I know the story from the Panchatantra tradition where it is told about a mongoose or a weasel, but as the story moves into Europe, it becomes a story about a dog, naturally enough.)

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