Eusebius Riddle 36: De gladio


Date: Mon 27 Dec 2021
Original text:

Sanguinis humani reus, et ferus en ero vindex.
Corpora nunc defendere, nunc cruciare vicissim
Curo, sed haec ago nonnisi cum me quinque coercent.
Partibus attingor tribus, et nece tot pene possum.


Guilty of shedding human blood, behold, I will also be an avenger.
Now I desire to defend bodies, now to torture them 
In turn, but I do this only when five control me.
Touched by three parts, and I am hardly capable of that many deaths.

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