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Saturday, September 28, 2013

In the beginning was the Sword (4)

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Ma i suoi conforta il gran Riccardo, e grida:
- Hor quale indugio è questo, e che s'aspetta?
Poi ch'è morto il signor ch'a noi fu guida,
Ché non corriamo a vendicarlo in fretta
E non facciam nel barbaro omicida
Del nostro duce estinto aspra vendetta?
Basta una scala homai, senza altre scale,
Dove invitto valore ascende e sale.

But the Great Richard encourages his fellows soldiers and shouts, "Now what's this hesitation? What are we waiting for? Now that the Lord who was our leader is dead, why don't we rush to avenge him quickly, and take fierce revenge on the barbarous killer of our late Captain? One ladder will suffice, without any other stairs, if unconquered valor does climb and rise!"