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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Understandable worries (2)

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E tace ogni altro più honorato e degno;
E di lor dubbio il pio signor s'accorse,
E tutto pien di generoso sdegno,
Dal loco ove sedea, repente sorse.
Ponendo al suo fratel freno e ritegno,
Che spesso per honore a morte corse:
- Né vita (disse) più né imperio hor merto
Se gli oltraggi e l'indugio ho invan sofferto.

The most honored and worthy all keep quiet.
Seeing their hesitation, the pious lord (*)
Now full of generous indignation,
All of a sudden stood up from his seat.
Forcing his brother (**) to stay put, who
Often defied death for the sake of honor,
He said, "I don't deserve life and power
If I stood offences and delays in vain.
. . .

(*) Godfrey of Bouillon, "pious" i.e. righteous towards God and his own people, like Aeneas.
(**) Baldwin, a historical personage: the future King Baldwin I of Jerusalem, 1100-1118.
The third brother, Eustace (he also a historical personage), is among those who have been taken prisoners by Armida (a fictional character, indeed doubly fictional in Gerusalemme Conquistata as the daughter of a man and a mermaid).