Aldhelm Riddle 6: Luna


Date: Thu 10 Mar 2022
Original text:

Nunc ego cum pelagi fatis communibus insto
Tempora reciprocis convolvens menstrua cyclis:
Ut mihi lucifluae decrescit gloria formae,
Sic augmenta latex redundans gurgite perdit.


Now I am present at the commonplace fate of the sea, 
Causing monthly stages with alternating cycles:
For as the glory of my shining shape decreases, 
Thus does the overflowing sea lose its swells in the water.

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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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