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Autobiography of a goose quill, by T.S.Evans

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:47 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Saunders_Evans

Google search found this in a .pdf version, as an interpolation in an old periodical called "Eagle". The OCR persistently rendered 'æ' as 're'. This time the printer seems to have preferred 'j' and 'v and 'æ', and to capitalize every line.

https://documents.joh.cam.ac.uk/public/Eagle/Eagle%20Volumes/1860s/1861/Eagle_1860_Michaelmas.pdf

Tempora quam mutantur! eram pars anseris olim:
Nunc sum penna brevis, mox resecanda minor.
De patre rostrato sine glorier ante, recidar
Quam brevior. Princeps ille cohortis erat.
Nunc longa cervice minax et sibilus ore
Currebat per humum: nunc dubitante gradu
Et capite obstipo steterat similisque putanti
Quo sol deficeret tempore quaque tenus.
Saepe anatum mediocre genus brevioraque risit
Colla suis, risit rostra canora minus.
Et quoties risit, concordes nos quoque pennae
Risimus, atque alae concrepuere pares.
"Stranguler atque coquar," stridebat gutture ovanti.
"Ni crepat horridius, quam strepit anser, anas."
Dem jecur in lances, in pulvinaria plumas,
Ansere si melius cantat anhelus olor."
Haec et plura quidem croceo dabat ore cachinnans.
Galle, cachinnanti territa terga dabas.
Flave pedes, flave ora parens, alia omnia candens.
Multicolor pavo te bicolore minus
(Hoc quoque jactabas) nivei splendoris habebat.
Nec rostro exciderat vox ea vana tuo.
Ah quem portabas ventrem et quam varicus ibas,
Altiliumque timor deliciaeque coqui!
Ab quoties tecum laetabar, sive biremis
Liventem per aquam candida vela dares;
Sive volaturum graviter te passa levaret
Ala, ministerio proficiente meo!
Ah stagni decus! Ah ranarum gurges et horror!
Ah desiderium vulpis, opime pater;
Sol medium (memini) conscenderat aethera, dumque.
Derides anatum colla minora tuis,
Efflaras : Taratalla coquus tibi guttura longa
Fregerat elidens, exscideratque jecur.
Haec, pater albe, tui memor heu non alba litura
Flens cadit in chartam. Nunc mea fata sequar.
Vellor, et aligenae velluntur rite sorores;
Mox patior morsus, culter acerbe, tuos.
Rasa cavor dorsum ; tum fissa cacuminor ima:
Est mihi lingua; loquar: sunt mihi labra; bibam.
Atramenta bibo: novus adfluit halitus: arsi
Currere sub digitis et sine voce loqui!
O ubi terrarum loquar? O ubi nuncia mentis
Audiar in Graecis stridere literulis?
Musarum domus est : piger adluit amnis; agerque
Collibus, ut flumen mobilitate, caret.
Camum Castalia Polyhymnia, Pallas Athenis
Mutavit Grantam: quo coiere pares.
Me quoque fors devexit eo: diagrammata duco;
Scribere versiculos conor : utrumque decet.
Terra, tuos sequor errores, dum volveris inter
Quae fugiunt solem flumina· quaeque petunt.
Tum lapidis jacti curvum signare tenorem
lnstruar an doceam, quis scit? Utrum que puto.
Pons sacer est, asinorum infamia : saepe per illum
Ivit inoffensus, me duce, discipulus.
Tandem, praetrepidans orbem quadrare, cucurri
Noctes atque dies irrequieta duos.
Futilis ille labor quanto stetit atramento!
Vana quot inscriptis signa voluminibus!
Me tunc, dum toties in gyrum volvor, adorta est
Vertigo capitis : dissiluere genae:
Succubui, excideramque manu, ni prensa tenerer:
Tam grave quadrando vulnus ab orbe tuli.
Non sum qualis eram : fio maculosa : fatisco:
Varica, rostrati more parentis, eo.
Arent labra siti : cessat facundia linguae:
Dirigui : careo mobilitate mea.
Lector, in hoc (maculis veniam da) carmine, nostrae
Quidquid erat reliquum garrulitatis, habes.
Haec memor in nostro sit scalpta querela sepulcro,
"Penna, levi chartis sit tibi terra levis."

• Magnesia flumina saxi.-Lucret.
"T. S. E." RUGBY, March, 1858.
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Re: Autobiography of a goose quill, by T.S.Evans

Postby Aetos » Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:33 pm

Hi Anthony,
I found the book by Evans, ed. by Waite. "Latin & Greek Verse". In the Memoirs, the Rev. Dr. Waite mentions a poem titled "An Agnostic in the Hayfield". He states that it was highly popular and had been published elsewhere, so did not include it in the book. Have you come across it anywhere? I've looked in the usual places (google, bing, archive.org, wikipaedia). If it was published in a 19th century periodical or gazette, I wouldn't know where to start. For that matter, how did you ever find the copy of the "goosequill" from an 1858 Cambridge student newspaper? I tried googling Evans and came up with the book, his biography and not much else.
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Re: Autobiography of a goose quill, by T.S.Evans

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:32 am

Aetos wrote:Hi Anthony,
... For that matter, how did you ever find the copy of the "goosequill" from an 1858 Cambridge student newspaper? I tried googling Evans and came up with the book, his biography and not much else.


Someone put the newspaper on the internet. I came across it by text-searching for a bit of text from the poem.

T.S.Evans's book is ''Latin and Greek verse'', by Thomas Saunders Evans, ed. Joseph Waite, Cambridge University Press, 1893, and online .pdf at http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/pdf/nah8775b2328575.pdf
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Re: Autobiography of a goose quill, by T.S.Evans

Postby Aetos » Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:56 am

Hi Anthony,
Thanks for the reply. I enjoy the poems you find and post. Finding all the OCR errors in the "Brook" was fun. My last foray into Latin poetry was reading Horace and Catullus back in college, quite a long while back.
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Re: Autobiography of a goose quill, by T.S.Evans

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:48 pm

In "Audiar in Graecis stridere litterulis?", "... in little Greek letters", I feel that not much weight is to be put on *little", as the non-diminutive form "litteris" contains a cretic and so can't be used in the elegaic meter.

As regards a crisis caused by a cretic, I found where a Greek elegaic poet had had to commemorate a man whose name contained a cretic, and he split the commemorated man's name "Aristo- / -geitōn" betwen the two lines of the elegaic couplet.
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Re: Autobiography of a goose quill, by T.S.Evans

Postby Aetos » Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:12 am

Anthony Appleyard wrote:Audiar in Graecis stridere literulis?

My first impression when reading it was that he was referring to the absence of capitals in Greek (except for proper names, of course). "May I be heard grating away in those little Greek letters?" As the poem is humorous, it didn't surprise me to see a diminutive; however, the fact that litteris contains a cretic would definitely force the issue. I tell you, the lengths some people will go to satisfy the requirements of metre!
I'll have to find that piece with Ἀριστο - γείτων to see how the couplet turned out. Did the poet mention he was an "excellent neighbor"?
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Re: Autobiography of a goose quill, by T.S.Evans

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:37 am

Aetos wrote:
Anthony Appleyard wrote:Audiar in Graecis stridere literulis?

... I'll have to find that piece with Ἀριστο - γείτων to see how the couplet turned out. Did the poet mention he was an "excellent neighbor"?


See http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/pdf/uploads/hesperia/146623.pdf , starting at its page 356.

Πᾶν μέτρον εἰς τελείαν περατοῦται λέξιν· ὅθεν ἐπίληπτά ἐστι τὰ τοιαῦτα Σιμωνίδου ἐκ τῶν ἐπιγραμμάτων

ἦ μέγ' ̓Αθηναίοισι ϕόως γένεθ', ἡνίκ' ̕ Αριστο-
-γείτων Ἴππαρχον κτεῖνε καὶ Ἁρμόδιος

καὶ πάλιν Νικομάχου τοῦ τὴν περὶ τῶν ζωγράφων ἐλεγείαν πεποιηκότος

οὗτος δή σοι ὁ κλεινὸς ἀν' Ἑλλάδα πᾶσαν Ἀπολλό-
-δωρος· γινώσκεις τοὔνομα τοῦτο κλύων.

ταῦτα μὲν οὖν ἐγένετο διὰ τὴν τῶν ὀνομάτων ἀνάγκην - οὐ γὰρ ἐνεχώρει.
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Re: Autobiography of a goose quill, by T.S.Evans

Postby Aetos » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:39 pm

Anthony Appleyard wrote:See http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/pdf/uploads/hesperia/146623.pdf , starting at its page 356.

Thank you, Anthony!
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