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en kunde engang ønskede skrevet ind

English translation: a customer once wanted inscribed

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Danish term or phrase:en kunde engang ønskede skrevet ind
English translation:a customer once wanted inscribed
Entered by: Tara Chace
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01:17 Dec 25, 2005
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!!!
Tara Chace
United States
Local time: 20:35
...a sentence, which a customer once wanted written on his portrait
Explanation:
I am sure that 'kunde'(old spelling of 'kunne')here means customer.
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Derringdo
Denmark
Local time: 05:35
Grading comment
Tusen tak! Godt nyttår!
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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5 +2...a sentence, which a customer once wanted written on his portraitDerringdo


  

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en kunde engang ønskede skrevet ind
...a sentence, which a customer once wanted written on his portrait


Explanation:
I am sure that 'kunde'(old spelling of 'kunne')here means customer.

Derringdo
Denmark
Local time: 05:35
Native speaker of: Native in BulgarianBulgarian, Native in DanishDanish
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Tusen tak! Godt nyttår!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Mads Grøftehauge
2 hrs
  -> Tak, god jul!

agree  Liset Nyland
2 hrs
  -> Tak, god jul!
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