Of ladies, knights, of passions and of wars,
of courtliness, and of valiant deeds I sing.

[Le donne i cavallier, l’arme, gli amori,
Le cortesie, l’audaci imprese io canto.]

Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533) Italian poet
Orlando Furioso, Canto 1, st. 1 (1532) [tr. Slavitt]

Alt. trans.:
  • "Dames, knights, and arms, and love! the deeds that spring / From courteous minds, and venturous feats, I sing!" [tr. Hoole (1807)]
  • "Of loves and ladies, knights and arms, I sing, / Of courtesies, and many a daring feat ...." [tr. Rose (1831)]
Added on 13-Apr-20 | Last updated 13-Apr-20
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