Carl Orff

"Olim Lacus Colveram"

OLIM LACUS COLVERAM Lyrics by Carl Orff
Olim lacus colueram,
olim pulcher extiteram,
dum cignus ego fueram.
(Male chorus)
Miser, miser!
modo niger
et ustus fortiter!
(Tenor)
Girat, regirat garcifer;
me rogus urit fortiter;
propinat me nunc dapifer,
(Male Chorus)
Miser, miser!
modo niger
et ustus fortiter!
(Tenor)
Nunc in scutella iaceo,
et volitare nequeo
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(Male Chorus)
Miser, miser!
modo niger
et ustus fortiter!
TRADUCTION:

Once I lived on lakes,
once I looked beautiful
when I was a swan.
(Male chorus)
Misery me!
Now black
and roasting fiercely!
(Tenor)
The servant is turning me on the spit;
I am burning fiercely on the pyre:
the steward now serves me up.
(Male Chorus)
Misery me!
Now black
and roasting fiercely!
(Tenor)
Now I lie on a plate,
and cannot fly anymore,
I see bared teeth:
(Male Chorus)
Misery me!
Now black
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