Saturday, August 21, 2010

Illustrated: Cantus Sacerdotis


M0865 - M0866 - M0867

866. Cantus Sacerdotis. Sacerdos erat qui vocem asinariam et horribilem habebat et tamen se bene cantare putabat. Cum autem quadam die cantaret, mulier quidem audiens eum plorabat. Sacerdos vero credens quod suavitate vocis suae ad devotionem et lacrimas mulier incitaretur, coepit adhuc altius clamare, at illa coepit magis flere. Tunc sacerdos quaesivit a muliere quare fleret, credens audire quod libenter audiebat, at illa dixit, “Domine, ego sum illa infelix mulier cuius asinum lupus illa die devoravit, et quando vos audio cantare, statim ad memoriam reduco quod asinus meus ita cantare solebat.”

Sacerdos Cantans

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Brant images. I like the way the artist has decided to introduce the donkey right into the scene!

M0866 (not in Perry). Source: De Vitry 56. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry was not systematic in his coverage of medieval sources. For the donkey’s lack of musical ability, see #217 or #232.

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