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Monday, June 24, 2013

Saul bellows (1)

[2: 47]

Questi il paese il qual dintorno ha cinto
L'alta città dove al sepolchro huom poggia;
E la valle cercò di Terebinto
Là dove giacque in disusata foggia
L'empio Golia dal buon fanciullo estinto;
E 'l fero monte in cui rugiada o pioggia
Non destillò poi ch'a Saul fu tronco
Il nobil capo, e 'l busto affisso al tronco.

He [a character called "Floridoro" in the manuscript, and "Celebino" in the published text] searched the land surrounding the high city where one walks up to the [Holy] Sepulcher; and the Valley of Terebinth [ = Valley of Elah in English Bibles] where, in disused fashion, the ungodly Goliath lay, killed by the good boy; and the desolate mountain in which dew or rain didn't fall anymore since Saul's noble head was cut off and his bust stuck to a trunk.