Aldhelm Riddle 15: Salamandra


Date: Sat 12 Mar 2022
Original text:

Ignibus in mediis vivens non sentio flammas,
Sed detrimenta rogi penitus ludibria faxo.
Nec crepitante foco nec scintillante favilla
Ardeo, sed flammae flagranti torre tepescunt.


Living among fires, I do not feel flames,
But I will make utter trifles of the fire’s damages.
Neither in the crackling fire nor in the glowing embers
Do I burn; rather, the flames of the blazing fire grow weaker.

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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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