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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The choice of Nicaea (1)

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Né già d'andar fra la nemica gente
Temenza havrìa, ché peregrina era ita,
E visto guerre e morti havea sovente,
E scorsa dubbia e faticosa vita;
Sì che per uso la feminea mente
Sovra il corso mortal divenne ardita,
Né tosto si perturba o tosto pave
Ad ogni imagin di terror men grave.

She would not be afraid of going among
The enemies, as she had wandered long,
Often seeing wars and people being killed
While leading a hard, uncertain life herself;
So that her mind, a woman's mind, grew
Bolder than in the usual human course,
And she does not become scared soon before
Frightening images, except extreme ones.