Bern Riddle 22: De ove


Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
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Original text:
Exigua mihi virtus, sed magna facultas:
Opes ego nulli quaero, sed confero cunctis.
Modicos oberrans cibos egena requiro
Et ieiuna saepe cogor exsolvere censum.
Nullus sine meo mortalis corpore constat
Pauperaque multum ipsos nam munero reges.
I have little courage but great resources:
I seek wealth from no one, but I give it to everyone.
Wandering and poor, I seek humble foods,
And, hungry, I am often forced to give up my wealth.
No mortal endures without my body,
And I am poor, yet I give generously even to kings.
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This edition is based on Karl Strecker, ed., Poetae Latini aevi Carolini, Vol. 4.2 (Berlin, MGH/Weidmann, 1923), page 745.

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 568.

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