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Pelicanus

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The story of The Pelican is adapted from Physiologus Latinus Versio Y, Isidore: Etymologiae, Hrabanus Maurus, the text of the Aberdeen Bestiary, and the Latin translation of the Physiologus by "Epiphanius", along with a version of the story in Odo of Cheriton.

You can find this fable, Odo 57, along with other fables by Odo, at the aesopica.net website.

For more information about the pelican, visit the Pelicanus in the Zoo. You can also visit the Pelican page at the bestiary.ca website for a discussion in English, bibliography and other useful references.

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David
in psalmo centesimo primo
dicit:
Similis factus sum
pelicano in solitudine.
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Pelicanus
avis Egyptia est,
habitans in solitudine
Nili fluminis,
non gregatim
ut ceterae aves.
 
Phisiologus dicit
de pelicano
quia prae omnibus volucribus
prolis est amans.
prolis...amans: split phrase
Femina nido incubat,
pullos suos custodiens,
ipsosque fovet
complectiturque,
et nimiis osculis sauciat.
 
Cum parvuli increverint,
incipiunt
percutere parentes suos
in faciem.
percutere: complementary infinitive with incipiunt
Parentes autem
repercucientes
eos occidunt.
autem: postpositive
repercutientes...occidunt: participle plus verb
(they strike... and kill...)
Deinde misericordia moti
parentes
tribus diebus
flent eos,
lugentes
quos occiderunt.

moti...flent: participle plus verb
(they are moved... and bewail...)

quos: relative pronoun, antecedent is the unexpressed object of lugentes

Tertia die
mater eorum
dolore impulsa
percutiens costam suam
aperit latus suum
et incumbit super pullos suos
et destillat suum sanguinem
super pullorum corpora mortua
et ipse sanguis
suscitat eos
de morte.

impulsa...percutiens...aperit: participle plus verb
(she is driven...and strikes... and opens...)

Sic Dominus noster
Iesus Christus,
cuius latus
lancea apertum est,
quos: relative pronoun, antecedent is Jesus Christus
super mortuos filios
hoc est Adamum et Evam
ceterosque prophetas,
et super omnes mortuos,
sanguinem suum fudit,
 
et per triduanam sepulturam
ac resurrectionem suam
ad vitam
illos reduxit.
 

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