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Dante Inferno Canto 30 translated by David Bruce Gain

Dante Inferno Canto 30 translated by David Bruce Gain

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A translation of Dante Inferno Cato 30 into heroic verse by David Bruce Gain
A translation of Dante Inferno Cato 30 into heroic verse by David Bruce Gain

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DanteInfernoCanto30translatedbyDavidBruceGainOfold,SemelecouldfulloftinspireRegalJunowithanti-Thebanire.SheturnedAthamassowildmadthathe,Deeminghiswifeandsons,inhismalady,Werewhattheyweren't,criedoutinsavageglee:(Sheheldtheminherarms)"LetnetsbecastErethelionessandhercubshavepassed".HissonLearchusseized,eachhandaclaw,Hewhirledhimroundandsmashedhimonthetor.Shedrownedwithth'otherson,cuttothecore.AndwhenthewheeloffortunedurstdestroyBothkingandkingdomofonceloftyTroy,HecubasawherPolyxenaslain,Polydorusunburiedbythemain,Leavingher,achildlessslave,e'erinpain.Soshe,nowmadfromgripinggrief,wasfoundInafellfrenzy,howlinglikeahound.Butne'erinThebesorTroyweremadmenseen,Attackingbeastorhuman,quiteaskeenAstwoShadowsIsaw,rage-paleandnude,Running,snappingcrazilyatalltheyviewed,Likepigsjustbrokenfromtheirpens,miscued.OnesankhisteethintoCapocchio'snape;Therockygroundsoonmadehisbellyscrape.ThetremblingAretine:"ThatmadmanthereIsGianniSchichi;'tishisjoytotear".I:"Who'stheother?TellmeereitsflightIbegyou,byyourhopeIt'llneverbite".He:"ThestoriedMyrrha,fullfaintoblendAgainstlove'slaws,toomuchherfather'sfriend.Shegoestohiminloveandtheresheerrs,Pretendingthatherbodyisnothers.InthesamewaytheoneyouseethereAsBussoDonatidaredtoprepareAfalsewillgivinghimselfthequeenmare".TherabidpairI'devereyedprogressed;Iturnedmyeyessoastowatchtherest.Isawonetherewhoseshapewaslikealute,Hadnothislegsbeenloppedoffattheroot.Theunmatchedhumourscausedthefacetocraunch;Thebloatingdropsyswelledthemonstrouspaunch;Onelipcurledup,th'othersaggedtohischinLikeonewhosethirstgiveshimaghoulishgrin.Thenhe:"Youwho(Ican'tthinkwhy)remainQuiteunpunishedwithinthisworldofpain,I,Adamo,abovewaseverfirst,ButherebelowIallbutdieofthirst.EachlittlestreamthatripplesfromthehillsOfCasentinototheArnofillsTheirchannelswithitssoftandcoolingrills.MyhorrorcravingsforthemfaroutpaceThesicknessthathasdriedmyshrivelledface.RelentlessJustice,mymostbalefulbane,UsestheplacethatsawmesinamainTodrawfrommeevernewsighsofpain.Romena'sthere,thesametownwhereIlearnedToforgetheBaptist'scoin;forthisIearned
 
Fiercecondemnationandmybodyburned.CouldIbutseeAlexander'ssufferingOrGuido'sortheirbrother'sinthisringI'dnotexchangethesightforBranda'sspring.OneofthemisalreadyhereinsideIfthemadsoulsthatrushherehaven'tlied,Butwhatavailisthat,withmylegstied?Ifonlyexcessweightcoulddisappear!I'dmoveoneinchineveryhundredthyear;Mystartfromherewouldthenbeoverdue;I'dfindhimsomewhereinthisgruesomecrew,AlthoughelevenmilescirclethisfosseAndit'satleasthalfamileacross;'twastheythatgavemeflorinstoembossWhosegoldcontainedthreecaratsweightofdross".Itohim:"Seetwothere,lyinglow,Steamlikewethandswhenwinteristhefoe,Closetoyourright;whoarethey?Doyouknow?""Ipouredintothisditch;Ifoundthemthere"Heanswered,"andthey'venotgoneanywhere;AndsoIthinkthatthey'llstayherefore'er.One'sJoseph'sfalseaccuser,th'other'sGreek,Sinon,falsetoTroy;fevermakesthemreek".One,displeasedwhensonamed,turnedonhishaunchAndstruckhimwithhisfirstonhishardpaunch,Whichboomedlikeadrum;AdamlethimknowHisfistcouldgivehisfaceashardablow.He:"ThoughmyswollenlegsmovenotwitheaseIhaveanarmfitforsuchtimesasthese".Th'other:"NotsofitwhenthefirewasgorgedWithyourflesh,butfarfitterwhenyouforged".Thedropsical:"ThetruthyounowemployWasnotsomuchinevidenceatTroy"."Norinyourcoins;I'mhereforwhatItell,Butyoufarmorethananyfiendinhell".SoSinon;thefatpaunch:"Whatofthemare,Youperjurer,thewholeworldknows'twasthere".TheGreek:"Mayyouthirst,burningyourtonguedry,Androtwithoozethatswellsyourpaunchsohigh".Towhomthecoiner:"YourfoulmouthgapeswideAndpoursoutase'eramostfilthytide;Ithirstandhumoursswellmeupinside;Youhaveafeverandaheadachetoo;Hence.tolickNarcissus'wateryviewThewordsyou'dwantt'inviteyouwouldbefew".Thewordstheypouredengrossedmyeagersoul;Myguide:"StoporI'llloseallselfcontrol".Iturnedtohim,ashamed,hearinghistone;Shamefillsmestill,thoughalltheseyearshaveflown.Asoneasleep,withtroubleashistheme,Wishesthatwhathefeelswerebutadream,SoI,withmywordspowerlesstoshowRegret,yetdidso,thoughIdidnotknow."Letsadnesscease;lessshamewouldpayforflaws"(Somymaster)"farfargreaterthanyours.NowifyoushouldevermeetupwithmenWranglingasfutilelyasthisagain,RememerthatIameveratyourside;Tohaveatastefortalklikethisissnide".

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