Bern Riddle 23: De igne


Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
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Original text:
Durus mihi pater, dura me generat mater,
Verbere nam multo huius de viscere fundor.
Modica prolatus feror a ventre figura,
Sed adulto mihi datur inmensa potestas.
Durum ego patrem duramque mollio matrem,
Et quae vitam cunctis, haec mihi funera praestat.
My father is hard, my hard mother makes me,
for, after a great bashing, I am born from her insides.
At birth, I am taken from the womb in a tiny form
but I am given great power as an adult.
I soften my hard father and hard mother,
and that which is life to all is my funeral.
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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 569.

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