29 July 2009

Swan on the Grill

I am hot. I feel hot. I feel like I am suffocating with this summer humidity. The thing is, if there were some wind that blows, it would be great. However, that is not the case.

The thing is, the temperature here in Buffalo isn't the highest in the country. We're just at the mid-70s (other places in the country are in the high-80s), so nothing hot, but the humidity is just cranked up. I find it very taxing when I am outside, and my sweat pours down, so I rush to the nearest air-conditioned building.

I should buy a fan. It would make my nights more bearable.

This weather reminds me of one piece in the Carmina Burana cantata. It's the piece about the grilled swan. It is entitled Olim lacus colueram, and below are the lyrics and translation.


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!


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
and roasting fiercely!





(Metal Man, from my DC Memorials Series)

4 comments:

  1. Was this song written in a pre-christian era?

    PS: Sleep in your underwear, and on a thin mattress ;-)

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  2. Priyank,

    Yes, this was written way way in the medieval times, if I am not mistaken. The music was written in the 20th century, but the lyrics were taken from drinking songs in Latin and Old High German. I am not sure whether Christianity was already prevalent back then, but this sure is very profane.

    And yes, I do sleep with no clothes on.

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  3. I'm drowning under the rain here... I hate it!

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  4. Zhu,

    Oh yes, rain is bad for the summer. However, if it brings down the temperatures, then I am all for it. I suppose what I really want is wind.

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