PHAEDRI AVGVSTUI LIBERTI FABVLARVM AESOPIARVM LIBER PRIMVUS I. Lupus et Agnus
15 BC-50 AD
Latin (Golden Age of Latin Literature-Imperial Era)
I. Lupus et Agnus (The Wolf and the Lamb)
Ad rivum eundem lupus et agnus venerant,
[A wolf and a lamb come up to a nearby riverbank, driven there out of thirst.]
Superior stabat lupus,
longeque inferior agnus.
[The wolf was larger in size, while the lamb was by far smaller.]
Tunc fauce improba
latro incitatus iurgii causam intulit;
[So then, because of his aching throat, he began to quarrel and bark.]
'Cur' inquit 'turbulentam fecisti mihi
['Why,' he asked, 'did you make this water awful for me to drink?']
Laniger contra timens
'Qui possum, quaeso, facere quod quereris, lupe?
[In response, the wooly animal said, fearfully, 'I beg you, Mr. Wolf, how can I be able to do what you just asked?'
A te decurrit ad meos haustus liquor'.
['This water runs down from you to the area where I drink.']
Repulsus ille veritatis viribus
'Ante hos sex menses male' ait 'dixisti mihi'.
[The other, enraged by his strength of reasoning, said, 'You told me so six month ago, wrongly.']
Respondit agnus 'Equidem natus non eram'.
[The lamb replied, 'Uh, actually, I wasn't even born then.']
'Pater hercle tuus' ille inquit 'male dixit mihi';
[The other then said, 'Well, shoot, it was your father who told me wrong.']
atque ita correptum lacerat iniusta nece.
[So then, he seized the lamb and tore him to pieces in a horrible act of murder.]
Haec propter illos scripta est homines fabula
qui fictis causis innocentes opprimunt.
[This story is written* for any men who persecute innocent people for false justifications.]
*ie, the lesson of the story...