Friday, March 28, 2008

O Fortuna...Fortune plango vulnera...

From Carl Orff's Carmina Burana...

Conductor Seiji Ozawa
The Shin-yu Kai Chorus
The Berlin Philharmonic
December 31, 1989



O Fortuna ::

O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
ever waxing
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 string man,
everyone weep with me!


Fortune plango vulnera ::

I bemoan the wounds of Fortune
with weeping eyes,
for the gifts she made me
she perversely takes away.
It is written in truth,
that she has a fine head of hair,
but, when it comes to seizing an opportunity
she is bald.

On Fortune's throne
I used to sit raised up,
crowned with
the many-coloured flowers of prosperity;
though I may have flourished
happy and blessed,
now I fall from the peak
deprived of glory.

The wheel of Fortune turns;
I go down, demeaned;
another is raised up;
far too high up
sits the king at the summit -
let him fear ruin!
for under the axis is written
Queen Hecuba.

1 comment:

Red shoes said...

Sounds like a rough day. Perhaps this will improve it?

The "real" lyrics to the Carmina Burana