Aldhelm Riddle 12: Bombix


Date: Sat 12 Mar 2022
Original text:

Annua dum redeunt texendi tempora telas,
Lurida setigeris redundant viscera filis,
Moxque genestarum frondosa cacumina scando,
Ut globulos fabricans tum fati sorte quiescam.


Until the yearly time for weaving cloths returns, 
My pale innards abound with silken threads, 
And I soon climb up the leafy peaks of broom,
So that, after making the little balls, I may then rest in fate’s destiny.

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This edition is based on Rudolf Ehwald, ed. Aldhelmi Opera Omnia. Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Auctores Antiquissimi, 15. Berlin: Weidmann, 1919, pages 59-150. Available online here.

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