14 The Music Lesson (primer)
Hercules a puero diligenter exercebat suum corpus,
Hercules from a boy hard-workingly trained his body ;
magnam partem diei consumebat in palaestra ;
a great part of the day he spent in the wrestling-school;
didicit etiam intendere arcum et conicere tela
he learnt also to draw a bow and to throw missiles
His exercitationibus vires eius confirmatae sunt .
By these exercises the powers of him were strengthened.
In musica etiam erudiebatur a Lino centauro
In music also he was taught by Linus the centaur
(autem centauri erant equi sed habebant caput hominis)
( now centaurs were horses but they had the head of a man)
Huic arti tamen studebat minus diligenter.
To this skill, however, he studied less hard-workingly.
Hic Linus olim obiurgabat Herculem, quod erat non studiosus;
This Linus one day was scolding Hercules, because he was not hard-working
tum puer iratus subito rapuit citharam,
Then the boy angry suddenly seized a lyre
et omnibus viribus percussit caput infelicis magistri
and with all his strengths he smashed the head of the unfortunate teacher
ille prostratus est ictu ,
He was flattened by the blow,
et paulo post excessit e vita,
and by a little afterwards he departed from life;
neque quisquam postea voluit suscipere id officium .
and not anyone afterwards wanted to undertake this job.