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A Draft of XXX Cantos I-XXX

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Eleven New Cantos XXXI-XLI

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Fifth Decad of Cantos XLII-LI

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Cantos LII to LXXI

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Italian Cantos: LXXII-LXXIII

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Pisan Cantos LXXIV-LXXXIV

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Thrones: Cantos XCVI-CIX

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XXIV

 

  1. Thus the book of the mandates:

  2.                                                               Feb. 1422.

  3. We desire that you our factors give to Zohanne of Rimini

  4. our servant, six lire marchesini,

  5. for the three prizes he has won racing our barbarisci,

  6. at the rate we have agreed on. The races he has won

  7. are the Modena, the San Petronio at Bologna

  8. and the last race at San Zorzo.

  9.                                          (Signed) Parisina Marchesa

  10. ... pay them for binding

  11. un libro franxese che si chiama Tristano ...



  12. Carissimi nostri

  13.                              Zohanne da Rimini

  14. has won the palio at Milan with our horse and writes that

  15. he is now on the hotel, and wants money.

  16. Send what you think he needs,

  17. but when you get him back in Ferrara find out

  18. what he has done with the first lot, I think over 25 ducats

  19. But send the other cash quickly, as I don't want him

  20. there on the hotel.

  21. ... perfumes, parrot seed, combs, two great and two

  22. small ones from Venice, for madama la marxesana ...

  23. ... 20 ducats to

  24. give to a friend of ours who paid a bill for us

  25. on this trip to Romagna ...

  26. ... verde colore prediletto, 25 ducats ziparello

  27. silver embroidered for Ugo fiolo del Signore ...

  28. (27 nov. 1427)

  29. PROCURATIO NOMINE PATRIS, Leonello Este

  30. (arranging dot for Margarita his sister, to

  31. Roberto Malatesta of Rimini)

  32. natae praelibati margaritae

  33. Ill. D. Nicolai Marchionis Esten. et Sponsae:

  34. The tower of Gualdo

  35. with plenary jurisdiction in civils; and in criminal:

  36. to fine and have scourged all delinquents

  37. as in the rest of their lands,

  38. "which things

  39. this tower, estate at Gualdo had the Illustrious

  40. Nicolaus Marquis of Este received from the said

  41. Don Carlo (Malatesta)

  42. for dower

  43. Illustrae Dominae Parisinae Marxesana."

  44.                          under my hand D. Michaeli de Magnabucis

  45.                                                                       Not. pub. Ferr.

  46.                                  D. Nicolaeque Guiduccioli de Arimino.

  47.                                                   Sequit bonorum descriptio.

  48. And he in his young youth, in the wake of Odysseus

  49. To Cithera (a.d. 1413) "dove fu Elena rapta da Paris"

  50. Dinners in orange groves, prows attended of dolphins,

  51. Vestige of Rome at Pola, fair wind as far as Naxos

  52. Ora vela, ora a remi, sino ad ora di vespero

  53. Or with the sail tight hauled, by the crook'd land's arm

  54. Zefalonia

  55. And at Corfu, greek singers; by Rhodos

  56. Of the windmills, and to Paphos,

  57. Donkey boys, dust, deserts, Jerusalem, backsheesh

  58. And an endless fuss over passports;

  59. One groat for the Jordan, whether you go there or not,

  60. The school where the madonna in girlhood

  61. Went to learn letters, and Pilate's house closed to the public;

  62. 2 soldi for Olivet (to the Saracens)

  63. And no indulgence at Judas's tree; and

  64. “Here Christ put his thumb on a rock

  65. “Saying: hic est medium mundi."

  66.        (That, I assure you, happened.

  67.                             Ego, scriptor cantilenae.)

  68. For worse? for better? but happened.

  69. After which, the greek girls at Corfu, and the

  70. Ladies, Venetian, and they all sang in the evening

  71. Benché niuno cantasse, although none of them could,

  72. Witness Luchino del Campo.

  73. Plus one turkish juggler, and they had a bath

  74. When they got out of Jerusalem

  75. And for cargo: one leopard of Cyprus

  76. And falcons, and small birds of Cyprus,

  77. Sparrow hawks, and grayhounds from Turkey

  78. To breed in Ferrara among thin-legged Ferrarese,

  79. Owls, hawks, fishing tackle.



  80. Was beheaded Aldovrandino (1425, vent’uno Maggio)

  81. Who was cause of this evil, and after

  82. The Marchese asked was Ugo beheaded. And the Captain:

  83. "Signor... si." and il Marchese began crying

  84. "Fa me hora tagliar la testa

  85. "dapoi cosi presto hai decapitato il mio Ugo."

  86. Rodendo con denti una bachetta che havea in mani.

  87. And passed that night weeping, and calling Ugo, his son.

  88. Affable, bullnecked, that brought seduction in place of

  89. Rape into government, ter pacis Italiae auctor;

  90. With the boys pulling the tow-ropes on the river

  91. Tre cento bastardi (or bombardi fired off at his funeral)

  92. And the next year a standard from Venice

  93. (Where they'd called off a horse race)

  94. And the baton from the Florentine baily.

  95. "Of Fair aspect, gentle in manner"

  96. Forty years old at the time;

  97. "And they killed a judge's wife among other,

  98. That was a judge of the court and noble,

  99. And called Madonna Laodamia delli Romei,

  100. Beheaded in the pa della justicia;

  101. And in Modena, a madonna Agnesina

  102. Who had poisoned her husband,

  103. "All women known as adulterous,

  104. "That his should not suffer alone."

  105.                       Then the writ ran no further.

  106. And in '31 married Monna Ricarda.



  107. CHARLES ... scavoir faisans ... et advenir ... a haute

  108. noblesse du Linage et Hostel ... e faictz hautex ...

  109. vaillance ... affection ... notre dict Cousin ...

  110. puissance, auctorite Royal ... il et ses hors yssus ... et

  111. a leur loise avoir doresenavant

  112. A TOUSIUOURS EN LEURS ARMES ESCARTELURE

  113. ... trois fleurs Liz d'or ... en champs a'asur dentelle ...

  114. ioissent et usent.

  115.                     Mil CCCC trente et ung, conseil

  116. à Chinon, le Roy, l'Esne de la Trimouill,

  117. Vendoise, Jehan Rabateau.



  118. And in '32 came the Marchese Saluzzo

  119. To visit them, his son in law and his daughter,

  120. And to see Hercules his grandson, piccolo e putino.

  121. And in '41 Polenta went up to Venice

  122. Against Niccolo's caution

  123. And was swallowed up in that city.

  124. E fu sepulto nudo, Niccolo,

  125. Without decoration, as ordered in testament,

  126. Ter pacis Italiae.

  127. “And if you want to know what became of his statue,

  128. I had a rifle class in Bondeno

  129. And the priest sent a boy to the hardware

  130. And he brought back the nails in a wrapping,

  131. And it was the leaf of a diary

  132. And he got the rest from the hardware”

  133.                (Cassini, libraio, speaking)

  134. “And on the first leaf of the wrapping

  135. Was how in Napoleon's time

  136. Came down a load of brass fittings from Modena

  137. Via del Po, all went by the river,

  138. To Piacenza for cannon, bells, door-knobs

  139. And the statues of the Marchese Niccolo and of Borso

  140. That were in the Piazza on columns.

  141. And the Commendatore has made it a monograph

  142. Without saying I told him and sent him

  143. The name of the priest.”



  144. After him and his day

  145. Were the cake-eaters, the consumers of icing,

  146. That read all day per diletto

  147. And left the night work to the servants;

  148. Ferrara, paradiso dei sarti, "feste stomagose."



  149. " Is it likely Divine Apollo,

  150. That I should have stolen your cattle?

  151. A child of my age, a mere infant,

  152.             And besides, I have been here all night in my crib."

  153. "Albert made me, Tura painted my wall,

  154. And Julia the Countess sold to a tannery.......