Bernat Metge Book of Fortune and Prudence by Bernat Metge

By Bernat Metge

Written round 1381 via Bernat Metge, crucial Catalan author of the fourteenth century, the Llibre de Fortuna i Prudència is a fable in verse, drawing on discovered resources, mostly The comfort of Philosophy through Boethius. Early one morning, Bernat, the protagonist and narrator, makes a decision to relieve his sorrows through jogging round the harbour of Barcelona. He meets an previous guy, it appears a beggar, who methods him into entering into a ship which, regardless of the absence of sails and oars, conveys him to an island the place the goddess Fortuna seems to him. In a heated dialogue, Bernat blames her for all his misfortunes. His subsequent assembly is with Prudencia who's observed through seven maidens representing the liberal arts. Prudencia is ready to decrease his depression, and exhorts him to belief in windfall and resign fabric possessions. while she considers him cured, she and the maidens ship him crusing again to Barcelona, the place he quick is going domestic to prevent gossiping townsfolk. DAVID BARNETT, whose doctorate is from Queen Mary, college of London, remains to be eager about learn on medieval Catalan literature.

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74. ‘On the road’ adds the Catalan text. 75. roña : ronya Metge. drae, 2, 1810a: “5. fig. Daño moral que se comunica o puede comunicarse de unos en otros. || 6. fig. y fam. Mezquindad, roñería”. See also ibid. “2. Porquería, suciedad”. 76. desaniméis : esperdats Metge. ), 83, v. 375: ‘desanimeu’. 51 52 El Libre de Fortuna e Prudència 390 395 400 405 410 415 lo meu propri nom és Fortuna, qui don bé e mal a qui·m vulh. Mas ges per ayçò no·m despulh de res que don, car bé u sé tolrre can yeu me vulh, e fas absolrre de tots crims molts hòmens malvats; e si·ls justs vesets condempnats a las vets, no us marevelhetz, car yeu ho fas.

69 I thought that she was trying to trick me by giving me a heron for a dove70 and because she did not care she put on more airs than an emperor. But do not imagine that her body was healthy or strong. She was hunchbacked and had a grotesque limp so that every time she moved she kicked her buttocks with one of her heels. [As a result it seemed that] she took two steps backwards every time she wanted to move forward. In addition, one of her arms was half as short as the other. When I had looked for a while on this diabolical monster, 71 Su ropa sugería que muy gran tesoro debía tener, aunque de cerca se podía ver bien que no eran tal.

He de deciros una cosa increíble: tenía que beber de este río a pesar de que echase humo de azufre como cuando éste está sobre el fuego, pues no podía encontrar lugar donde curar de mi mal, y aún más, la sed me oprimía queriéndome quitar el apetito. Y en seguida me curé luego que hube de este río bebido; el cual, tras darme la salud, con el otro río se unía. Y tenían los dos un mismo camino, yendo ambos en común, 60. It could also be translated as ‘…fumes like those of burning sulfur’. 61. That is ‘dropsy’.

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