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TORQUATO TASSO
Italian epic poet
(1544 - 1595)

O subtle love! a thousand wiles thou hast, by humble suit, by service, or by hire, to win a maiden's hold,--a thing soon done, for nature framed all women to be won.
      - [Wooing]

Virtue's guard is labor; ease, her sleep.
      - [Labor]

His hair is golden and curly
  And in that way exactly
    That Fortune painted him
      He has long and thick curls on his forehead,
        But his head is bare
          At the opposite limit.
            [It., Crespe ha le chiome e d'oro,
              E 'n quella guisa appunto
                Che Fortuna si pinge,
                  Ha lunghi e folti in su la fronte i crini,
                    Ma nuda ha poi la testa
                      A gli opposti confini.]
      - Amore Fuggitivo [Opportunity]

Grave was the man in years, in looks, in word,
  His locks were gray, yet was his courage green.
    [Lat., Ei di virilita grave e maturo,
      Mostra in fresco vigor chiome canute.]
      - Gerusalemme (I, 53) [Courage]

He, full of bashfulness and truth, loved much, hoped little, and desired naught.
  [Lat., Brama assai, poco speca e nulla chiede.]
      - Gerusalemme (II, 16) [Character]

Under whose feet (subjected to His grace),
  Sit nature, fortune, motion, time, and place.
    [It., Ha sotto i piedi il Fato e la Natura.
      Ministri umili; e'l moto e chi'l misura.]
      - Gerusalemme (IX, 56) [God]

A fool is he that comes to preach or prate,
  When men with swords their right and wrong debate.
    [It., Chi conta i colpi e la dovuta offesa,
      Mentr' arde la tenzon, misura e pesa?]
      - Gerusalemme (V, 57) [Folly]

For when last need to desperation driveth,
  Who dareth most he wiseth counsel giveth.
    [It., Che spesso avvien che ne' maggior perigli
      Son piu audaci gli ottimi consigli.]
      - Gerusalemme (VI, 6) [Advice]

They make their fortune who are stout and wise,
  Wit rules the heavens, discretion guides the skies.
    [Lat., Che sovente addivien che'l saggio e'l forte.
      Fabro a se stesso e di beata sorte.]
      - Gerusalemme (X, 20) [Fortune]

Women have tongues of craft, and hearts of guile,
  They will, they will not; fools that on them trust;
    For in their speech is death, hell in their smile.
      [It., Femmina e cosa garrula e fallace:
        Vuole e disvuole, e folle uom chi sen fida,
          Si tra se volge.]
      - Gerusalemme (XIX, 84) [Women]

Horror itself in that fair scene looks gay,
  And joy springs up e'en in the midst of fear.
    [It., Bello in si bella vista anco e l'orrore,
      E di mezzo la tema esce il diletto.]
      - Gerusalemme (XX, 20) [Fear]

As shaking terrors from his blazing hair,
  A sanguine comet gleams through dusky air.
      - Jerusalem Delivered (l. 581),
        (Hoole's translation) [Stars]


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