O Fortuna

O Fortuna is a poem taken from Carmina Burana, It was written in early 13th century. A German composer; Carl Orff, set it to music and the result is a cataclysmic beautiful song. (July 29.2009)

 

For your enjoyment, if you appreciate a beautiful piece of art recorded as music, here it is the Song, Lyrics and translation of Carl Orff's O Fortuna:

 

 

LATIN

 

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 michi nunc contraria, est affectus et defectus semper in angaria. Hac in hora sine mora corde pulsum tangite; quod per sortem sternit fortem, mecum omnes plangite!
ENGLISH

 

O Fortune, just as the moon Stands constantly changing, always increasing or decreasing; Detestable life now difficult and then easy Deceptive sharp mind; poverty power it melts them like ice.

 

Fate - monstrous and empty, you whirling wheel, stand malevolent, well-being is vain and always fades to nothing, shadowed and veiled you plague me too; now through the game, my bare back I bring to your villainy.

 

Fate, in health and in virtue, is now against me driven on and weighted down, always enslaved. So at this hour without delay pluck the vibrating string; since through Fate strikes down the strong, everyone weep with me!
ESPAÑOL

 

Oh Fortuna, como la luna variable de estado, siempre creciendo o decreciendo; oh vida detestable, ahora la oprime después la cuida con un juego, a la fuerza de la mente a la pobreza al poder disuelve como a un hielo

 

Suerte, inmensa y vacía eres tu, rueda inestable manteniéndote mala la salud es vana siempre se puede perder; cubierta de sombras y de velos también a mi me brillas; ahora en el juego, la espalda desnuda llevo, por tu villanía.

 

La suerte de la salud y de la virtud me es ahora contraria; está conduciendo y lastrando siempre como mensajera. En esta hora, sin tardanza, amarrense las cintas con el corazón, porque por la fortuna derriba al fuerte, lloren todos conmigo.

 


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