English translation: a customer once wanted inscribed
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Danish to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
Danish term or phrase:en kunde engang ønskede skrevet ind
This is in a novel, describing a bunch of people (powerful people looking for court gossip and hopeful nobodies hoping the king will elevate their status by greeting them) crowding around, hoping to see the king. The sight of all these people makes the court painter think of a Latin aphorism:
"Men synet af de mægtige og de håbefulde ledte tankerne hen på visdommen bag en latinsk sentens, en kunde engang ønskede skrevet ind i sit portræt og sagt igen og igen. Derfor huskede han ordene så nøjagtig og derfor også deres mening..."
But there are too many verbs. Can you help me figure out how kunde + ønskede + skrevet all fit together? Thank you!!!