Aldhelm Riddle 11: Poalum


Date: Sat 12 Mar 2022
Original text:

Flatibus alternis vescor cum fratre gemello;
Non est vita mihi, cum sint spiracula vitae.
Ars mea gemmatis dedit ornamenta metallis:
Qratia nulla datur mihi, sed capit alter honorem.


With my twin brother, I am fed by alternating blasts.
I am not alive, although I do have air holes. 
My craft gives ornament to jewelled metals: 
No thanks are given to me, but another takes the honour. 

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This edition is based on Rudolf Ehwald, ed. Aldhelmi Opera Omnia. Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Auctores Antiquissimi, 15. Berlin: Weidmann, 1919, pages 59-150. Available online here.

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