XI

 

  1. E GRADMENT li antichi cavaler romanj

  2.                          davano fed a quisti annutii

  3. And he put us under the chiefs,

  4.          and the chiefs went back to their squadrons:

  5. Bernardo Reggio, Nic Benzo, Giovan Nestorno,

  6. Paulo Viterbo, Buardino of Brescia,

  7.            Cetho Brandolino,

  8. And Simone Malespina, Petracco Saint Archangelo,

  9. Rioberto da Canossa,

  10. And for the tenth Agniolo da Roma

  11.               And that gay bird Piero della Bella,

  12. And to the eleventh Roberto,

  13. And the papishes were three thousand on horses,

  14. dilly cavalli tre milia,

  15. And a thousand on foot,

  16. And the Lord Sigismundo had but mille tre cento cavalli

  17. And hardly 500 fanti (and one spingard),

  18. And we beat the papishes and fought

  19. them back through the tents

  20. And he came up to the dyke again

  21. And fought through the dyke-gate

  22. And it went on from dawn to sunset

  23. And we broke them and took their baggage

  24.                    and mille cinquecento cavalli

  25. E li homini di Messire Sigismundo

  26. non furono che mille trecento



  27. And the Venetians sent in their compliments

  28. And various and sundry sent in their compliments;

  29. But we got it next August;

  30. And Roberto got beaten at Fano,

  31. And he went by ship to Tarentum,

  32. I mean Sidg went to Tarentum

  33. And he found 'em, the anti-Aragons,

  34.                 busted and weeping into their beards.

  35. And they, the papishes, came up to the walls,

  36. And that nick-nosed s.o.b. Feddy Urbino

  37. Said: " Par che  è fuor di questo ... Sigis ... mundo.""

  38. "They say he dodders about the streets 

  39. "And can put his hand to neither one thing nor the other,"

  40. And he was in the sick wards, and on the high tower

  41. And everywhere, keeping us at it.

  42. And, thank God, they got the sickness outside

  43. As we had the sickness inside,

  44. And they had neither town nor castello

  45. But dey got de mos' bloody rottenes' peace on us —

  46. Quali lochi  sono questi:

  47.                  Sogliano,

  48. Torrano and La Serra, Sbrigara, San Martino,

  49. Ciola, Pondo, Spinello, Cigna and Buchio,

  50. Prataline, Monte Cogruzzo,

  51.                    and the villa at Rufiano

  52. Right up to the door-yard

  53. And anything else the Revmo Monsignore could remember.

  54. And the water-rights on the Savio.

  55. (And the salt heaps with the reed mats on them

  56.                  Gone long ago to the Venetians)

  57. And when lame Novvy died, they got even Cesena.



  58. And he wrote to young Piero:

  59.                  Send me a couple of huntin' dogs,

  60. They may take my mind off it.

  61. And one day he was sitting in the chiexa,

  62. On a bit of cornice, a bit of stone grooved for a cornice,

  63. Too narrow to fit his big beam,

  64.                     hunched up and noting what was done wrong,

  65. And an old woman came in and giggled to see him

  66.                    sitting there in the dark

  67. She nearly fell over him,

  68.                    And he thought:

  69. Old Zuliano is finished,

  70. If he's left anything we must see the kids get it,

  71. Write that to Robert.

  72. And Vanni must give that peasant a decent price for his horses,

  73. Say that I will refund.



  74. And the writs run in Fano,

  75. For the long room over the arches

  76. Sub annulo piscatoris , palatium seu curiam OLIM de Malatestis.

  77. Gone, and Cesena, Zezena d'''e b'''e colonne,

  78. And the big diamond pawned in Venice,

  79. And he gone out into Morea,

  80. Where they sent him to do in the Mo'ammeds,

  81. With 5,000 against 25,000,

  82.                    and he nearly died out in Sparta,

  83. Morea, Lakedæmon,

  84.                    and came back with no pep in him

  85. And we sit here. I have sat here

  86.                   For forty four thousand years,

  87. And they trapped him down here in the marsh land,

  88.                  in '46 that was;

  89. And the poor devils dying of cold, that was Rocca Sorano;

  90. And he said in his young youth:

  91.                       Vogliamo,

  92. che le donne, we will that they, le donne, go ornate,

  93. As be their pleasure, for the city's glory thereby.



  94. And Platina said afterward,

  95.                     when they jailed him

  96. And the Accademia Romana,

  97. For singing to Zeus in the catacombs,

  98. Yes, I saw him when he was down here

  99. Ready to murder fatty Barbo, "Formosus,"

  100. And they want to know what we talked about?

  101.                    "de litteris et de armis, praestantibusque ingeniis,

  102. Both of ancient times and our own; books, arms,

  103. And of men of unusual genius,

  104. Both of ancient times and our own, in short the usual subjects

  105. Of conversation between intelligent men."



  106. And he with his luck gone out of him

  107. 64 lances in his company, and his pay 8,000 a year,

  108. 64 and no more, and he not to try to get any more

  109. And all of it down on paper

  110. sexaginta quatuor nec tentatur habere plures

  111. But leave to keep 'em in Rimini

  112.                   i.e. to watch the Venetians.



  113. Damn pity he didn't

  114.                    (i.e. get the knife into him)

  115. Little fat squab "Formosus"

  116. Barbo said "Call me Formosus"

  117. But the conclave wouldn't have it

  118.                    and they called him Paolo Secondo.



  119. And he left three horses at one gate

  120.                     And three horses at the other,

  121. And Fatty received him

  122.              with a guard of seven cardinals "whom he could trust."

  123. And the castelan of Montefiore wrote down,

  124. "You'd better keep him out of the district.

  125. "When he got back here from Sparta, the people

  126. "Lit fires, and turned out yelling: 'PANDOLFO'!"



  127. In the gloom, the gold gathers the light against it.

  128.             And one day he said: Henry, you can have it,

  129. On condition, you can have it: for four months

  130. You'll stand any reasonable joke that I play on you,

  131. And you can joke back

  132.                  provided you don't get too ornry.

  133. And they put it all down in writing:

  134. For a green cloak with silver brocade

  135. Actum  in Castro Sigismundo, presente Roberto de Valturibus

  136. .. sponte et ex certa scienta ... to Enricho de Aquabello.