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Vedi tra duo unicorni il gran leone,
che la spada d’argento ha ne la zampa:
quell’è del re di Scozia il gonfalone;
il suo figliol Zerbino ivi s’accampa.
Non è un sì bello in tante altre persone:
natura il fece, e poi roppe la stampa.
Non è in cui tal virtù, tal grazia luca,
o tal possanza: ed è di Roscia duca.
The lion ‘twixt two unicorns behold
Upon the standard of the Scottish king!
Which has a sword of silver in its hold.
There camps his son: of all his following
Is none so beauteous: nature broke the mould
In which she cast him, after fashioning
Her work: Is none in whom such chivalry
And valour shines. The Duke of Rothsay he!
–Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando furioso canto x, lxxxiv (1519)(Wm. Stewart Ross transl.)
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Hours per day that a death-row inmate in China wears hand and ankle restraints:
A multidisciplinary team detected cardiac arrhythmia in the works of Beethoven.
There was a run on cases of 5.56mm M855 green-tip rifle bullets, after the White House moved to ban their manufacture and sale because they can pierce police armor.
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