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Friday, December 19, 2014

The best defense is attack (1)

[7: 3]

- E 'nsin a quando ci terrai prigioni
Fra queste mura, in vile assedio e lento?
Odo ben io stridere incudi, e suoni
D'elmi e di scudi e di corazze io sento;
Ma non veggio a qual uso. E que' ladroni
Scorron per tutto homai senza spavento,
Né v'è chi di noi chi mai lor passo arresti,
Né tromba che dal sonno almen li desti.

[Argantes to the Emir of Jerusalem]
"How long will you keep us like prisoners
Among these walls, in such a low, vile siege?
I do hear anvils ringing, I do listen to
The sound of helmets, shields, and armors,
But I don't see to what use. And those thieves
Can now raid everywhere undismayed,
And no one among us dares stop them,
And no trumpet at least wakes them up!"




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