Another of the Exeter Riddles from the sculpture in the city centre – based on a 9th Century manuscript of riddle-poems. Remember that what you are seeing is wholly
reflection, the text is in mirror-writing on the next fin.
The full text in modern translation of this riddle reads:
There’s a bit of earth beautifully sown
with the hardest and the sharpest and the grimmest that men own.
Cut and cleaned, turned and dried;
pleached and wound; bleached and bound;
adorned and arrayed and borne away
to the doors of men. Joy is within
for living creatures. It delays and it stays
a long long while. They live in joy
and naught gainsays. But after death
it begins to gab, to gossip, recklessly.
Shrewd men must think carefully what this creature is.
A number of people worked out the answer to yesterday's Exeter Riddle, a bell – the ring
that needs to be released.
I think today's is a bit harder. I'll reveal the answer to this one with tomorrow's upload.
Thanks for looking,
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