Symphosius Riddle 63: Spongia


Date: Fri 09 Sep 2022
Original text:

Ipsa gravis non sum, sed aquae mihi pondus inhaeret.
Viscera tota tument patulis diffusa cavernis.
Intus lympha latet, sed non se sponte profundit.


I am not myself heavy, but the weight of water clings to me;
All my insides swell in open diffuse caverns;
Inside the water lurks, but does not pour forth spontaneously.

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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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