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St. Aldhelm wrote a collection of 100 riddles called “Aeinigmata.”   This was originally published by Aleteia.

“Adept at music and poetry, Aldhelm composed ballads that remained popular as late as the 12th century, and played the harp, fiddle and pipes.

“As Abbot of Malmesbury, Aldhelm noticed that the local people spent their time at Mass gossiping instead of listening to the monks preach. So one day he stood on a bridge and began to sing his ballads. Once a crowd had gathered, he began to preach the Gospel.

“Among Aldhelm’s best-known works are “Carmen rhythmicum,” a 200-line poem about a trip during a strong storm that blew the roof off a church, and a treatise on “De Virginitate” (“About Virginity”), which he wrote for an abbey of nuns.

“He also lent his talents to the art of riddles. One hundred riddles make up his “Aenigmata,” which has been translated by the poet A.M. Juster, in the book Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles. See if you can solve them!”

1. “I share with the surf one destiny; In rolling cycles when each month repeats.
As beauty in my brilliant form retreats, So too the surges fade in cresting sea.”

2. “When times of year for weaving threads resume, My hairy threads fill sallow flesh with weight,
And soon I climb the leafy tips of broom, To craft small balls, then rest with twists of fate.”

3. “My name’s a hybrid since antiquity. I’m called a “lion,” then an “ant” in Greek,
A blended metaphor, a sign that’s bleak; I can’t defend birds’ beaks with my own beak.
May scholars probe my name’s duplicity!” (Granted this one is very obscure)

4. “My nature rightly copies my twin name, Since birds and shadows each retain a claim.
I’m rarely seen by people in clear light, For I will hide in star-borne nests at night.”

5. “No one can hold me in his palms or sight; I scatter sudden clatter far and wide.
I want to hammer oaks with mournful might; Yes, I strike sky and scour the countryside.”

Answers on the website above.

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