Eusebius Riddle 57: De strutione


Date: Mon 27 Dec 2021
Original text:

Infandus volucer sum et nomen habeo Pelasgum.
Et pennas velut usurpans avis, advolo numquam
Altius a terra, et conceptum neglego foetum
Forte fovere meum, sed foetu pulveris ova
Sparsa foventur, vel potius animantur in illo.


I am an unspeakable winged thing and I have a Greek name.
Though I pretend to wings like a bird, I never fly
Higher from the ground, and I fail to care for my offspring 
Conceived casually, but by dust’s incubation are the scattered eggs
Kept warm, or rather, in it are they infused with life.

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