Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Once I sat high up
on Fortune's throne,
garlanded with all the blooms of prosperity;
indeed I was in the bloom
of blessed happiness,
but now I have tumbled from my eminence,
robbed of my glory.
* * *
Fortune's wheel turns:
I am cut down and fall;
another is raised to the heights;
the king sits at the peak,
too much exalted -
let him beware of ruin,
for under the axle we read
the name of Queen Hecuba.
* * *
Fortuna Plango Vulnera
(Seria LXXVII - fol. 48b)
Carmina Burana

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