Aldhelm Riddle 21: Lima


Date: Sat 12 Mar 2022
Original text:

Corpore sulcato nec non ferrugine glauca
Sum formata fricans rimis informe metallum.
Auri materias massasque polire sueta
Piano superficiem constans asperrima rerum;
Garrio voce carens rauco cum murmure stridens.


With a grooved body and an iron shine 
I am made for grinding unformed metal with my furrows.
Accustomed to polishing golden materials and masses, 
I even out the surface of things while remaining very rough;
Lacking in voice, I harshly utter a hoarse whisper. 

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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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