Thursday, 22 January 2015

O Fortuna



"O Fortuna" part of the collection known as the Carmina Burana.
(Lyrics from Wikipedia).
O Fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,
egestatem,
potestatem
dissolvit ut glaciem.

Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
obumbrata
et velata
michi quoque niteris;
nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.

Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria
.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!

O Fortune,
just like the moon
thou art variable,
always dost thou
wax and wane.
Detestable life,
first dost thou mistreat us,
and then, whimsically,
thou heedest our desires.
As the sun melts the ice,
so dost thou dissolve
both poverty and power.

Monstrous
and empty fate,
thou, turning wheel,
art mean,
voiding
good health at thy will.
Veiled
in obscurity,
thou dost attack
me also.
To thy cruel pleasure
I bare my back.

Thou dost withdraw
my health and virtue;
thou dost threaten
my emotion
and weakness
with torture.
At this hour,
therefore, let us
pluck the strings without
delay.
Let us mourn together,
for fate crushes the brave.



8 comments:

  1. We have a saying here in the South USA, which might fit you perfectly, Victor. A Bubble Off Center!

    Laughing, Friend!

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    1. I like it. In the UK we say one sandwich short of a picnic.

      God bless you.

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    2. Oh and then "A brick short of a load."

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    3. Also we say "He's lost his marbles!"

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  2. Hahahahahaha! That was hilarious!!!

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    1. You see, Manny. I can appreciate art like anyone else.

      God bless.

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  3. I had the exact same response as Manny!
    Good one, Victor!

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    1. Glad to see you visiting again, Hand-Maid; and smiling too.

      God bless.

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