Bern Riddle 1: De olla


Date: Thu 26 Nov 2020
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Original text:
Ego nata duos patres habere dinoscor:
Prior semper manet; alter, qui vita finitur.
Tertia me mater duram mollescere cogit
Et tenera giro formam adsumo decoram.
Nullum dare victum frigenti corpore possum,
Calida sed cunctis salubres porrego pastos.
I am distinguished by being the daughter of two fathers:
the first always remains; the second is limited in life.
A third, my mother, turns me from hard to soft,
and when soft, I assume a suitable form in a spin.
I can give no nourishment from a cold body,
but, when warmed, I offer up wholesome foods to everyone.
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This edition is based on Karl Strecker, ed., Poetae Latini aevi Carolini, vol. 4.2 (Berlin, MGH/Weidmann, 1923), page 737-8.

A list of variant readings can be found in Fr. Glorie, ed., Variae collectiones aenigmatum Merovingicae aetatis, Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina 133A (Turnhout: Brepols, 1968), page 547.

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