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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The first assault

[GC 17: 102]

The Syrians, raising their dry shields     i.e. wood. Then edited: heavy
and frightful shouts around Argantes,
now uncertainly attack the firm wall,
the sea and the coast echoing the sound.
Against the children of cruel Ducat     Argantes & Co.
and their faithful, unfaithful to Christ,
from the towers our men threw stones,
driving them away from guarded places.     chiostri (*)

(*) literally, "cloisters," a term often employed by Tasso as a more solemn synonym of "place." See Dante, Inferno 29: 40 and Purgatorio 7: 21 (both times chiostra).

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