Aldhelm Riddle 66: Mola

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Date: Thu 14 Apr 2022
Original text:

Nos sumus aequales communi sorte sorores,
Quae damus ex nostro cunctis alimenta labore.
Par labor ambarum, dispar fortuna duarum;
Altera nam cursat, quod numquam altera gessit;
Nec tamen invidiae stimulis agitamur acerbis:
Utraque, quod mandit, quod ruminat ore patenti,
Comminuens reddit famulans sine fraude maligna.

Translation:

We are sisters, equals in our common fate,
Who give from our work food to all.
The work of both is equal, the fortune of us both unequal;
For one is in motion, which the other never is;
Nor are we yet vexed by the bitter stings of envy:
Whatever each one of us eats, chews with open mouth,
Crushing, it then returns, making it serviceable, without wicked fraud. 

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Notes:

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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