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O Fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,
dissolvit ut glaciem.

Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
et velata
michi 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!

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    jtildenMay 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    O Fortune,
    , like the moon
    the state are constantly changing,
    are ever growing and
    and waning;
    hateful life
    now difficult
    and then easy
    sharp mind;
    poverty and
    the power of
    it melts them like ice.

    Fate, monstrous
    and empty,
    you whirling wheel,
    an evil state,
    vain is the help
    always likely to disappear,
    and veiled you plague
    you plague me too;
    now through the game
    my bare back
    I bring to your villainy.

    The chance of prosperity
    and virtue,
    to me, is now against
    is in a condition
    and defect
    always in the vale of tears.
    So at this hour
    without delay
    pluck the vibrating strings
    since Fate
    strikes down the strong,
    everyone weep with me!

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