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Friday, July 10, 2015

The choice of Nicaea (4)

[7: 92, Honor speaks]

Dunque il titolo tu d'esser pudica
Sì poco estimi, e d'honestate il pregio,
Che te ne andrai fra gente a' tuoi nemica,
Notturna amante, a ricercar dispregio?
Onde il superbo vincitor ti dica:
"Perdesti il regno, e 'n un l'animo regio;
Non sei di me tu degna", e ti conceda
Vulgare essempio altrui d'ignobil preda -.

"So, do you prize the name of chastity
And the value of honesty so little as
To go among your people's enemies
As a lover by night, looking for dishonor? --
So that your proud conqueror(*) may say,
You lost kingdom and royal heart alike,
You are not worthy of me, and show you
As a base example of ignoble prey."

(*) Tancred, whom Honor tries to paint more scary than he is.