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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gelosia, mi acceca mi uccide (1)

In the end, Godfrey calls the mercenary troops and tells them that they must give themselves a new chief in replacement of the former one who has been killed in battle; and he will choose the ten men who will go with Armida in order to help her regain her own (supposedly) usurped city . . .  [6: 8]

Ma 'l giovenetto Eustatio, il qual rimira
Con gelosi occhi il figlio di Lucia,
La cui virtute invidïando ammira
Ch'in sì bel corpo più cara venia,
No 'l vorrebbe compagno, e al cor gli inspira
Cauti pensier l'astuta gelosia.
Onde tratto il guerrier lunge e 'n disparte,
Ragiona a lui con lusinghevol arte:
[ . . . ]

But the young Eustace, (*) who furtively, with jealous eyes looks at Lucy's son, (**) whose valour(***) -- all the more liked in a beautiful body -- he admires while envying it, would prefer not to have him in the group; and sly jealousy inspires his heart with cunning thoughts. So, after having drawn the warrior aside, Eustace speaks to him with flattering words . . .

(*) Godfrey's lesser brother
(**) Richard the Norman
(***) "virtue" in its older sense, from Latin virtus