From This Blind World Into the Living Light. Feraco Myth to Science Fiction 7 December 2009. Venedico Caccianemico (Panderer). Sold his sister, Ghisola (often called “Ghisolabella” for her beauty) to the Marquis Obbizo da Este in order to win influence with him
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Myth to Science Fiction
7 December 2009
S'i' credesse che mia risposta fosse
a persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
questa fiamma staria sanza più scosse;
ma però che già mai di questo fondo
non tornò vivo alcun, s'i' odo il vero,
sanza tema d'infamia ti rispondo.
If I believed that my reply were made
To one who could ever climb to the world again,
This flame would shake no more. But since no shade
Ever returned – if what I am told is true –
From this blind world into the living light,
Without fear of dishonor I answer you.
Maces, swords, helmets--colorfully—
Shields, slicing and smashing,
We'll see at the start of the melee
With all those vassals clashing,
And horses running free
From their masters, hit, downtread.
Once the charge has been led,
Every man of nobility
Will hack at arms and heads.
Better than taken prisoner: be dead.