Talk:Orlando Furioso

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In Canto 8, Stanzas 49 and 50, it says:

XLIX
(Stanza XLIX untranslated by Rose)
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(Lines 1-2 untranslated by Rose)

But "inquiring minds want to know" what's missing here. So is there some way a footnote or link can be provided so that the missing text can be revealed from a different translation? For this purpose I recommend the earlier public domain rendering by Temple Henry Croker, done in 1755:

49.
Her he embrac'd, and touch'd her with delight;
She still slept on, unable to oppose;
Her lips he now salutes, now breast so white;
In this wild place none sees whate'er he does;
And just it is, such acts should shun the light:
His age to his desires reluctance shews;
He feeble was, borne down by age, dire weight,
And worse he was, as he with grief did fret.
50.
All ways and means he to assistance calls;
Of age in love incurable the fault:
By time worn out, the stoutest war-horse crawls,
Nor, tho' well fed, will in the manage vault:
At length asleep he near the lady falls,
And new vexation now does him assault:
When Fortune once begins, she does enough,
When she poor mortals mocks, and sets at scoff.

The gist is that the lecherous hermit gives Angelica the medieval equivalent of a date-rape drug and then tries to have sex with her while she is unconscious. But the world is a just place after all, and so he fails in his attempt because he's just too old to get it up anymore.

Fredwords (talk) 20:48, 2 September 2014 (UTC)