Symphosius Riddle 53: Vitis


Date: Fri 09 Sep 2022
Original text:

Nolo toro iungi, quamvis placet esse maritam.
Nolo virum thalamo: per me mea nata propago est.
Nolo sepulcra pati: scio me submergere terrae.


I do not want to be governed by a marriage-bed, although it would please me to be married.
I do not want a man in the bedroom: through me is my daughter born.
I do not suffer the grave: I know how to bury myself in the earth.

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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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