Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Viva La Vida in Latin Sapphics
(original lyrics by Coldplay)
[in progress]

Quondam omnēs gentēs diciōne sōlus
ūnicā rēxī, pelagusque nūtū
aestuat meō; placidē resēdit
dicta facessens.

Fortūnae in palmō positus superbō
hostium timens pavidumque sensī
pectus; victorem et populus canēbat:
'Aemule dīvīs,

iō!' saevō ingressus milite ōlim in urbēs
gemmārum et aurī rapiēbam acervōs
templa infracta et foedera fracta līquī
turbinis instar.

mox terrōre armīsque regō cruentīs
ossibus trītīs procerum corōna est
et cruōre facta thronusque fūsō
sanguine fultus.


Once I alone ruled all nations
with unparalleled might
and the sea at my nod
swelled; and eager to do my bidding
settled down again.

Placed in Fortune's haughty palm,
I sensed the quaking, timid heart
of my enemy, and as victor
the people would hymn me:
"Hail, O Rival to the Gods!"

Once, I invaded cities with savage armies
and seized heaps of gems and gold,
broken temples, and broken treaties
I left behind, like a savage tornado.

Then with terror and by cruel arms I rule;
From the ground bones and the gore
of princes has my diadem been made
and my throne supported
on their bloodshed.


I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing:
"Now the old king is dead, Long live the king"

One minute I held the key
next the walls were closed on me
and I discovered that my castles stand
on pillars of salt ʻnʻ pillars of sand


It was the wicked and wild wind
blew down the doors to let me in
shattered windows and the sound of drums
people couldn't believe what I'd become

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