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The uncertainty of Fortune was a regular motif in medieval literature; various symbols and examples of her caprice became commonplace. Of the several poems in the Carmina Burana on this subject the following is certainly not the best; its vagueness suggests that some expressions may have been chosen simply through the demands of rhyme. It is, however, considerably enhanced by the musical setting which Orff has given it. Some phrases deserve comment:

mentis aciem in Classical Latin the words would… read more


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    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 mihi quoque niteris; nunc per ludum dorsum nudum fero tui sceleris. Sors salutis et virtutis mihi nunc contraria; est affectus et defectus semper in angaria. hac in hora sine mora cordae pulsum tangite! quod per sortem sternit fortem, mecum omnes plangite!
  • Avatar for XxSCHLUMPYxX
    This song is epic!!
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    O Fortune, like the moon, you are changeable, ever waxing, and waning; hateful life, first oppresses, and then soothes, as fancy takes it; poverty, and power, it melts them like ice. Fate – monstrous, and empty, you whirling wheel, you are malevolent, well-being is vain, and always fades to nothing, shadowed, and veiled, you plague me too; now through the game, I bring my bare back, to your villainy. Fate is against me, in health, and virtue, driven on, and weighted down, always enslaved. So at this hour, without delay, pluck the vibrating strings; since Fate, strikes down the strong man, everyone weep with me! [2]
  • Avatar for willingspirit
    Hollywood didn't ruin the song for me.
  • Avatar for DeValanten
    Always associated with the Vereschagin's picture "Apotheoses of War".
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  • Avatar for lammasabacthani
    mecum omnes plangite ..... get tired of this? over played? never.... this is part of my daily soundtrack

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