XLV

 

  1. With Usura

  2. With usura hath no man a house of good stone

  3. each block cut smooth and well fitting
  4. that design might cover their face,
  5. with usura
  6. hath no man a painted paradise on his church wall

  7. harpes et luthes
  8. or where virgin receiveth message
  9. and halo projects from incision,
  10. with usura
  11. seeth no man Gonzaga his heirs and his concubines
  12. no picture is made to endure nor to live with
  13. but it is made to sell and sell quickly
  14. with usura, sin against nature,
  15. is thy bread ever more of stale rags
  16. is thy bread dry as paper,
  17. with no mountain wheat, no strong flour
  18. with usura the line grows thick
  19. with usura is no clear demarcation
  20. and no man can find site for his dwelling.
  21. Stonecutter is kept from his stone
  22. weaver is kept from his loom
  23. WITH USURA
  24. wool comes not to market

  25. sheep bringeth no gain with usura
  26. Usura is a murrain, usura
  27. blunteth the needle in the maid’s hand
  28. and stoppeth the spinner’s cunning. Pietro Lombardo
  29. came not by usura
  30. Duccio came not by usura
  31. nor Pier della Francesca; Zuan Bellin’ not by usura

  32. nor was ‘La Callunnia’ painted.
  33. Came not by usura Angelico; came not Ambrogio Praedis,

  34. Came no church of cut stone signed: Adamo me fecit.

  35. Not by usura St Trophime
  36. Not by usura Saint Hilaire,
  37. Usura rusteth the chisel
  38. It rusteth the craft and the craftsman
  39. It gnaweth the thread in the loom
  40. None learneth to weave gold in her pattern;
  41. Azure hath a canker by usura; cramoisi is unbroidered
  42. Emerald findeth no Memling
  43. Usura slayeth the child in the womb
  44. It stayeth the young man’s courting
  45. It hath brought palsey to bed, lyeth
  46. between the young bride and her bridegroom
  47. CONTRA NATURAM
  48. They have brought whores for Eleusis
  49. Corpses are set to banquet
  50. at behest of usura.

 

N.B. Usury: A charge for the use of purchasing power, levied without regard to production; often without regard to the possibilities of production. (Hence the failure of the Medici bank.)