Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The winds of war

Now Argantes attacks the Christian fort in Jaffa. . .

[GC 111: 1 - 112: 2]

And Fortune, turning in his favor,
seemed to rebel against the Franks;     the Crusaders
from the opposite side she stirred
storm and thunderbolts against them
and brought a cloud so as to sprinkle
both warring parties with dry sand—     (*)
but in the Franks' eyes its dark dust
annoys more, and envelops them.
To break the wall, the Syrians showed
all of their strength, all of their brains. . .

(*) "To sprinkle (aspergere) with dry sand": a typical Baroque paradox.