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  1. And the poor devils dying of cold, outside Sorano,

  2. And from the other side, from inside the château,

  3.             Orsini, Count Pitigliano, on the 17th of November:

  4. "Siggy darlint, wd you not stop making war

  5. "on insensible objects such as trees and domestic vines

  6. "that have no means to hit back ....

  7. "but if you hire yourself out to a commune (Siena)

  8. "which you ought rather to rule than serve ...

  9.             which with Trachulo's damned epistle ...

  10. And what of it anyhow? a man with a ten acre lot,

  11. Pitigliano ... a lump of tufa,

  12.                  And S. had got back their horses

  13. And the poor devils dying of cold ...

  14. (And there was another time, you know,

  15. He signed on with the Fanesi,

  16.                   and just couldn't be bothered ...)

  17. And there were three men on a one man job

  18.                   And Careggi wanting the baton,

  19. And not getting it just then in any case.

  20. And he, Sigismundo, refused an invitation to lunch

  21.                    In commemoration of Carmagnola

  22.                    (vide Venice, between the two columns

  23.                    where Carmagnola was executed.)

  24.                   Et

  25.                  "anno messo a saccho el signor Sigismundo"

  26. As Filippo Strozzi wrote to Zan Lottieri, then in Naples,

  27.                   "I think they'll let him through at Campiglia"


  28.                    Florence, Archivio Storico, 4th Series t. iii, e

  29.                    "La Guerra dei Senesi col conte di Pitigliano."

  30. And he found Carlo Gonzaga sitting like a mud-frog

  31.               in Orbetello

  32. And he said:

  33.                 "Caro mio, I can not receive you

  34. It really is not the moment."

  35. And Broglio says he ought to have tipped Gorro Lolli.

  36. But he got back home here somehow,

  37. And Piccinino was out of a job,

  38. And the old row with Naples continued.

  39. And what he said was all right in Mantua;

  40. And Borso had the pair of them up to Bel Fiore,

  41. The pair of them, Sigismundo and Federico Urbino,

  42. Or perhaps in the palace, Ferrara, Sigismund upstairs

  43. And Urbino's gang in the basement,

  44. And a regiment of guards in, to keep order,

  45.                  For all the good that did:

  46. "Te cavero la budella del corpo!"

  47. El conte levatosi:

  48.                 "Io te cavero la corata a te!"

  49. And that day Cosimo smiled,

  50. That is, the day they said:

  51.                  " Drusiana is to marry Count Giacomo ..."

  52. (Piccinino) un sorriso malizioso.

  53.  Drusiana, another of Franco Sforza's;

  54. It would at least keep the row out of Tuscany.

  55. And he fell out of a window, Count Giacomo,

  56. Three days after his death, that was years later in Naples,

  57. For trusting Ferdinando of Naples,

  58. And old Wattle could do nothing about it.


  59.                         Et:

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

  60.           INTEREA  PRO  GRADIBUS  BASILICAE  S.  PIETRI
              EX  ARIDA  MATERIA  INGENS  PYRA  EXTRUITUR  IN
              CUJUS  SUMMITATE  IMAGO  SIGISMUNDI  COLLOCATUR
              HOMINIS  LINEAMENTA,  ET  VESTIMENTI  MODUM  ADEO
              PROPRIE  REDDENS,  UT  VERA  MAGIS  PERSONA,  QUAM
              IMAGO  VIDERETUR;  NE  QUEM  TAMEN  IMAGO
              FALLERET,  ET  SCRIPTURA  EX  ORE  PRODIIT,  QUAE
              DICERET:  SIGISMUNDIS  HIC  EGO  SUM  MALATESTA,
              FILIUS  PANDULPHI,  REX  PRODITORUM,  DEO
              ATQUE  HOMINIBUS  INFESTUS,  SACRI  CENSURA
              SENATUS  IGNI  DAMNATUS;
                                                                      SCRIPTURAM
             MULTI  LEGERUNT.  DEINDE  ASTANTE  POPULO,  IGNE
             IMMISSO,  ET  PYRA  SIMULACRUM  REPENTE  FLAGRAVIT.

                                                                                  Com. Pio II, Liv. VII, p. 85.

                                                                                  Yriarte, p. 288.

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


  61. So that in the end that pot-scraping little runt Andreas Benzi
    , da Siena

  62. Got up to spout out the bunkum

  63. That that monstrous swollen, swelling s. o. b.

  64.                 Papa Pio Secundo

  65.                 Æneas Silvius Piccolomini

  66.                 da Siena

  67. Had told him to spout, in their best bear's-greased latinity;

  68. Stupro, cæde, adulter,

  69. homocidia, parricidia ac periurus,

  70. presbitericidia, audax, libidinosus,

  71. wives, jew-girls, nuns, necrophiliast, fornicarium ac sicarium,

  72. proditor, raptor, incestuosus, incendiarius, ac

  73. concubinarius,

  74. and that he rejected the whole symbol of the apostles,

  75. and that he said the monks ought not to own property

  76. and that he disbelieved in the temporal power,

  77. neither christian, jew, gentile,

  78.                nor any sect pagan, nisi forsitan epicureæ.

  79. And that he did among other things

  80. Empty the fonts of the chiexa of holy water

  81. And fill up the same full with ink

  82. That he might in God's dishonour

  83. Stand before the doors of the said chiexa

  84. Making mock of the inky faithful, they

  85. Issuing thence by the doors in the pale light of the sunrise

  86. Which might be considered youthful levity

  87.                    but was really a profound indication;

  88. "Whence that his, Sigismundo's, foetor filled the earth

  89. And stank up through the air and stars to heaven

  90. Where—save they were immune from sufferings—

  91. It had made the emparadisèd spirits pewk"

  92.                 from their jeweled terrace.

  93. "Lussurioso incestuoso, perfide, sozzure ac crapulone,

  94. assassino, ingordo, avaro, superbo, infidele

  95. fattore di monete false, sodomitico, uxoricido"


  96. and the whole lump lot

  97. given over to ...

  98. I mean after Pio had said, or at least Pio says that he

  99. Said that this was elegant oratory "Orationem

  100. Elegantissimam et ornatissimam

  101. Audivimus venerabilis in Xti fratres ac dilectissimi

  102. filii ..." (stone in his bladder

  103.                      testibus idoneis)

  104. The lump lot given over

  105. To that kid-slapping fanatic il cardinale di San Pietro in Vincoli

  106.                      To find him guilty, of the lump lot

  107. As he duly did, calling rumour, and Messire Federico d'Urbino

  108. And other equally unimpeachable witnesses.

  109. So they burnt our brother in effigy

  110. A rare magnificent effigy costing 8 florins 48 bol

  111. (i.e. for the pair, as the first one wasn't a good enough likeness)

  112. And Borso said the time was ill-suited

  113.                 to tanta novità, such doings or innovations,

  114. God's enemy and man's enemy, stuprum, raptum

  115.                 I. N. R. I. Sigismund Imperator, Rex Proditorum.


  116. And old Pills who tried to get him into a front rank action

  117. In order to drive the rear guard at his buttocks,

  118. Old Pills listed among the murdered, although he

  119. Came out of jail living later.

  120. Et les angloys ne povans desraciner ... venin de hayne

  121. Had got back Gisors from the Angevins,

  122. And the Angevins were gunning after Naples

  123. And we dragged in the Angevins,

  124. And we dragged in Louis Eleventh,

  125. And the tiers Calixte was dead, and Alfonso;

  126. And against us we had "this Æneas" and young Ferdinando

  127. That we had smashed at Piombino and driven out of the

  128. Terrene of the Florentines;

  129. And Piccinino, out of a job;

  130. And he, Sidg, had had three chances of

  131. Making it up with Alfonso, and an offer of

  132. Marriage alliance;

  133. And what he said was all right there in Mantua;

  134. But Pio, sometime or other, Pio lost his pustulous temper.

  135. And they struck alum at Tolfa, in the pope's land,

  136.               To pay for their devilment.

  137. And Francesco said:

  138.                I also have suffered.

  139. When you take it, give me a slice.

  140.               And they nearly jailed a chap for saying

  141. The job was mal hecho; and they caught poor old Pasti

  142. In Venice, and were like to pull all his teeth out;

  143. And they had a bow-shot at Borso

  144. As he was going down the Grand Canal in his gondola

  145.                   (the nice kind with 26 barbs on it)

  146. And they said: Novvy'll sell any man

  147.                    for the sake of Count Giacomo.

  148. (Piccinino, the one that fell out of the window).

  149. And they came at us with their ecclesiastical legates

  150. Until the eagle lit on his tent pole.

  151. And he said: The Romans would have called that an augury

  152. E grandment li antichi cavaler romanj

  153.               davano fed a quisti annuntii,

  154. All I want you to do is to follow the orders,

  155. They've got a bigger army,

  156.              but there are more men in this camp.