1. Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (Fortune, Empress of the World) O Fortuna (Chorus) O Fortune
O Fortuna O Fortune, velut lunalike the moon statu variabilis, you are changeable, semper crescisever waxing aut decrescis;and waning; vita detestabilis hateful life nunc obduratfirst oppresses et tunc curat and then soothes ludo mentis aciem,as fancy takes it; egestatem,poverty potestatemand power dissolvit ut glaciem. it melts them like ice.
Sors immanisFate - monstrous et inanis,and empty, rota tu volubilis,you whirling wheel, status malus, you are malevolent, vana saluswell-being is vain semper dissolubilis,and always fades to nothing, obumbrata shadowed et velata and veiled michi quoque niteris; you plague me too; nunc per ludumnow through the game dorsum nudumI bring my bare back fero tui sceleris.to your villainy.
Sors salutisFate is against me et virtutis in health michi nunc contraria, and virtue, est affectusdriven on et defectus and weighted down, semper in angaria.always enslaved. Hac in hora So at this hour sine mora without delay corde pulsum tangite; pluck the vibrating strings; quod per sortem since Fate sternit fortem, strikes down the string man, mecum omnes plangite! everyone weep with me!
2. Fortune plango vulnera (I bemoan the wounds of Fortune)
Fortune plango vulneraI bemoan the wounds of Fortune stillantibus ocelliswith weeping eyes, quod sua michi munera for the gifts she made me subtrahit rebellis. she perversely takes away. Verum est, quod legitur,It is written in truth, fronte capillata, that she has a fine head of hair, sed plerumque sequiturbut, when it comes to seizing an opportunity Occasio calvata.she is bald.
In Fortune solioOn Fortune's throne sederam elatus, I used to sit raised up, prosperitatis vario crowned with flore coronatus;the many-coloured flowers of prosperity; quicquid enim floruithough I may have flourished felix et beatus,happy and blessed, nunc a summo corrui now I fall from the peak gloria privatus.deprived of glory.
Fortune rota volvitur:The wheel of Fortune turns; descendo minoratus; I go down, demeaned; alter in altum tollitur;another is raised up; nimis exaltatus far too high up rex sedet in verticesits the king at the summit - caveat ruinam!let him fear ruin! nam sub axe legimus for under the axis is written Hecubam reginam.Queen Hecuba.