Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Fortune is bald behind

And so must be seized by the forelock. Which is to say... it is easy to see things in retrospect. A proverb I first met in the form in one of Patrick O'Brian's book; I think in the mouth of Captain Aubrey (no! It was the governor).

To my delight, I find it in Carmina Burana:

Verum est, quod legitur,
fronte capillata,
sed plerumque sequitur
Occasio calvata.
It is written in truth,
that she [Fortuna] has a fine head of hair,
but, when it comes to seizing an opportunity
she is bald.

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