Bern Riddle 30: De pisce


Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
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Original text:
Nullo firmo loco manens consistere possum
Et vagando vivens nolo conspicere quemquam.
Vita mihi mors est, mortem pro vita requiro
Et volventi domo semper amica delector.
Numquam ego lecto volo iacere tepenti,
Sed vitale mihi torum sub frigora condo.
I cannot stay still in a firm place,
and living as a wanderer, I do not want to see anyone.
Life is death for me, and I need death for life,
and my friendly, rolling home always delights me.
I never want to lie in a warm bed,
but I build myself a life-bed within the cold.
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This edition is based on Karl Strecker, ed., Poetae Latini aevi Carolini, Vol. 4.2 (Berlin, MGH/Weidmann, 1923), page 747.

A list of variant readings can be found in Fr. Glorie, ed., Variae collectiones aenigmatum Merovingicae aetatis, Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina 133A (Turnhout: Brepols, 1968), page 576.

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