Aldhelm Riddle 7: Fatum


Date: Thu 10 Mar 2022
Original text:

Facundum constat quondam cecinisse poetam:
“Quo Deus et quo dura vocat Fortuna; sequamur!”
Me veteres falso dominam vocitare solebant,
Sceptra regens mundi dum Christi gratia regnet.


It is certain that an eloquent poet once sang: 
“Where God and where hard Fortune calls, let us follow!”
The ancients were erroneously accustomed to calling me mistress, 
The one ruling the sceptres of the world, until the grace of Christ shall reign.

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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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