Symphosius Riddle 26: Grus


Date: Fri 01 Jul 2022
Original text:

Littera sum caeli penna perscripta volanti,
Bella cruenta gerens volucri discrimine Martis;
Nec vereor pugnas, dum non sit longior hostis.


I am a letter of the sky, written out with flying wing,
Waging cruel wars with winged Mars’ danger;
I do not fear battles, as long as the enemy is not taller.

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This edition is based on Raymond T. Ohl, ed. The Enigmas of Symphosius. PhD dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 1928.

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