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O Fortuna (O Fortune)
Velut luna (like the moon)
Statu variabilis (you are changeable)
Semper crescis (ever waxing)
Aut decrescis; (and waning;)
Vita detestabilis (hateful life)
Nunc obdurat (first oppresses)
Et tunc curat (and then soothes)
Ludo mentis aciem, (as fancy takes it)
Egestatem, (poverty)
Potestatem (and power)
Dissolvit ut glaciem. (it melts them like ice.)

Sors immanis (Fate - monstrous)
Et inanis, (and empty)
Rota tu volubilis, (you whirling wheel)
Status malus, (you are malevolent)
Vana salus (well-being is vain)
Semper dissolubilis, (and always fades to nothing)
Obumbrata (shadowed)
Et velata (and veiled)
Michi quoque niteris; (you plague me too;)
Nunc per ludum (now through the game)
Dorsum nudum (I bring my bare back)
Fero tui sceleris. (to your villainy.)

Sors salutis (Fate is against me)
Et virtutis (in health)
Michi nunc contraria, (and virtue)
Est affectus (driven on)
Et defectus (and weighted down)
Semper in angaria. (always enslaved.)
Hac in hora (So at this hour)
Sine mora (without delay)
Corde pulsum tangite; (pluck the vibrating strings;)
Quod per sortem (since Fate)
Sternit fortem, (strikes down the string)
Mecum omnes plangite! (everyone weep with me!)

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    UnregisteredMay 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm
    My music teacher told me carl orff got the lyrics from manuscripts of monks where they talked about all the sins they had done like gambling which is why they're talking about fortune, power and poverty, whirling wheel of fate, etc. Etc.
  • u
    UnregisteredApr 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm
    The world consists of fate and fortune. Fortune isn't reliable; it comes and goes unannounced. Fate on the other hand is definite and harsh as it weighs against everyone.
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    UnregisteredAug 12, 2012 at 1:15 am
    Wow poetry at it finest, cant described what hip hop been trying to mock all this time. I see why they even sampled it.
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    UnregisteredMay 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm
    Ths song is frkn awesome!! I finally no wat it means :d thank you to whoever posted the lyrics and translated thm youre the best!!!
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    UnregisteredApr 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    I'm in the symphonic band at my high school and we are playing this piece. I hear the lyrics now when i play. This song is so powerful and beautiful and poetic. I love it so much.

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