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Olim lacus colueram

Language: Latin

Olim lacus colueram
olim pulcher extiteram,
dum cignus ego fueram.

Miser, miser!
modo niger
et ustus fortiter!

[Girat, regirat furcifer,
propinat me nunc dapifer,
me rogus urit fortiter!]1

Miser, miser!
modo niger
et ustus fortiter!

Mallem in acquis vivere
nudo semper sub aere,
quam in hoc mergi pipere:

Miser, miser!
modo niger
et ustus fortiter!

Eram nive candidior,
quavis ave formosior,
modo sum corvo nigrior:

Miser, miser!
modo niger
et ustus fortiter!

Nunc in scutella iaceo,
et volitare nequeo,
dentes frendentes video.

Miser, miser!
modo niger
et ustus fortiter!

Translation(s): GER ITA SPA

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C. Orff sets stanzas 1-4, 9-10

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Confirmed with Carmina Burana: lateinische und deutsche Lieder und Gedichte. Einer Handschrift des XIII. Jahrhunderts Aus Benediktbeuern auf der K. Bibliothek zu München herausgegeben von J[ohann] A[ndreas] Schmeller, dritte unveränderte Auflage, Breslau: Wilhelm Koebner, 1894. page 173

1 Orff:
Girat, regirat garcifer;
me rogus urit fortiter;
propinat me nunc dapifer.

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani and Melanie Trumbull


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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-04-24.
Last modified: 2018-09-09 13:54:23
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