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Friday, November 4, 2016

Minority Report (1)

[16: 49]

Pur non tornò, né ritentando ardìo
Spiar di novo le cagioni ascose.
E poi che, giunto al sommo duce, unìo
Gli spirti alquanto e l'animo compose,
Incominciò: - Signor, nuntio son io
Di non credute e non credibil cose:
Ciò che dicean del bosco horrido e fero
E del suon paventoso, è tutto vero.

But(*) he did not go back, nor did he dare
Investigate the hidden causes more.
Appearing before the supreme leader, (**) 
He gathered his spirits, composed himself, (***)
And said, "Sir, I am a messenger 
Of unbelieved and unbelievable news:
The things they told about the horrid, fierce
Forest and its frightening sound, are true. . ."

(*) In spite of having retrieved his sword.
(**) Godfrey of Bouillon
(***) Again Tasso's interest in human psychology and behavior.