Aldhelm Riddle 13: Barbita


Date: Sat 12 Mar 2022
Original text:

Quamvis aere cavo salpictae classica clangant
Et citharae crepitent strepituque tubae modulentur,
Centenos tamen eructant mea viscera cantus;
Me praesente stupet mox musica chorda fibrarum.


Although trumpeters may blow trumpets made of hollow bronze
And harps may sound and pipes perform with their din,
My insides nevertheless belch out a hundred songs;
With me present, the stringed musical instrument is soon become powerless.

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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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