Co 'l durissimo acciar preme et offende
Il delicato collo e l'aurea chioma,
E la tenera man lo scudo prende,
Pur troppo grave e inusitata soma;
Così tutta di ferro homai risplende
E 'n atto militar se stessa doma.
Gode Amor, ch'è presente, e così ride
Come alhorch'egli avolse in gonna Alcide.
With hard steel, she presses and offends
Her delicate neck and her golden hair;
Her tender hand seizes the shield,
A too heavy and unusual weight. (*)
Now she shines enveloped in iron
And masters herself as soldiers do.
Eros is there, and enjoys, and laughs
As he did while giving Hercules a skirt. (**)
(*) Hinting at 1 Samuel 17: 38-39.
(**) When, as a punishment for a murder, he served Queen Omphale among her slaves. The episode has been depicted, for example, by Lucas Cranach the Elder in different versions.