Lorsch Riddle 6


Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
Matching Commentaries: Commentary for Lorsch Riddle 6
Original text:
Nubibus e tetris vidi dilabere quendam.
Ipsa velox cecidit super ardua tecta domorum.
Mollis erat visu necnon lenissima tactu,
Inde cadens iosumque cavavit leniter asprum.
Dura super terram sibimet qui terga cadenti
Praebuit, infixus terrae stabilisque manendo.
I saw a certain thing melt from terrible clouds.
It fell quickly over the lofty roofs of houses.
It looked soft and it also felt very smooth,
and then, falling, it softly covered a rugged landscape.
As it fell, it showed itself to be a hard covering over the earth,
firm and fastened to the earth while it lasts.
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This edition is based on Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Palatinus latinus 1753, folio 117r. You can find images of this manuscript here.

“Dura su[per] [t]erram” (line 5) follows Dümmler, Ernst. Poetae Latini aevi Carolini. Volume 1, MGH. Berlin: Weidmann, 1881. Page 22.

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