Symphosius Riddle 70: Clepsydra


Date: Sat 10 Sep 2022
Original text:

Lex bona dicendi, lex sum quoque dura tacendi,
Ius avidae linguae, finis sine fine loquendi,
Ipsa fluens, dum verba fluunt, ut lingua quiescat.


A good rule of speaking, I am also a hard rule of silence,
The law of a greedy tongue, an end to talking without end,
Flowing myself, while the words flow, so that the tongue may rest.

Click to show riddle solution?


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

Tags: riddles  solutions  latin  symphosius