Ancora un anno è bruciato,
senza un lamento, senza un grido
levato a vincere d'improvviso un giorno.
Another year has burned away, without any wailing, without even a cry
raised to save, unexpectedly, a single day.
By means of glasses, hotbeds and hot walls, very good grapes can be
raised in Scotland, and very good wine too can be made of them at
about thirty times the expense for which at least equally good can be
brought from foreign countries.
And I say unto thee again: Knowest thou of any one that can translate?
For I am desirous that these records should be translated into our
language; for, perhaps, they will give us a knowledge of a remnant of
the people who have been destroyed, from whence these records came;
or, perhaps, they will give us a knowledge of this very people who
have been destroyed; and I am desirous to know the cause of their
For neither might the corner that held them keep them from fear: but
noises as of waters falling down sounded about them, and sad visions
appeared unto them with heavy countenances. No power of the fire might
give them light: neither could the bright flames of the stars endure
to lighten that horrible night.
To me at least this modified blizzard was a great relief, though we
all knew that our gear would be worse than ever when the cold came
back. It was quite impossible to march.
O pale departure, dim disgrace of day!
Winter's in wane, his vengeful worst art thou,
To dash the boldness of advancing March!
They chill persistent rain has purged our streets
Of gossipry; pert tongue and idle ear
By this, consort 'neath archway, portico.
At nunc, quod superest, fer opem, precor, eminus unam
adloquioque iuva pectora nostra tuo,
quae, non mendaci si quicquam credis amico,
stulta magis dici quam scelerata decet.
Nec breve nec tutum peccati quae sit origo
scribere: tractari vulnera nostra timent.
And now, please, I need you to advise me about my situation. I have
been, if you will believe your old friend, fairly stupid but not
actually criminal. It would be unwise, and tedious, to explain what
caused all the trouble. Best to leave the wounds to heal.
Mais ce que m'indigne le plus, c'est le jésuitisme, - et
jamais mot n'a été plus juste - le jésuitisme
de ces gouvernants, qui pour avoir obtenu le mot Convention au
lieu de Capitulation, en tête de ce traité
déshonorant, espèrent, commes de sinistres et
lâches fourbes, cacher à la France toute l'étendue
de ses malheurs et de sa honte. Bourbaki laissé en dehors de
l'armistice, qui est un armistice général!
But what annoys me the most is the Jesuitry - the word could not
be more appropriate - the Jesuitry of these our governors, who
think that because they managed to get the word Agreement
rather than Surrender put at the top of this disgraceful treaty
they can, like underhand and cowardly thieves, hide from France the
full extent of her ills and her shame. Bourbaki omitted from the
armistice, which is supposed to be a general armistice!
Know that there have elapsed of this our day, which be Friday, and
this Friday be the tenth of the month Safar in the six hundred and
fifty-third year since the Hegira or Flight of the Apostle (on whom be
the bestest of blessings and peace!) and the seven thousand three
hundred and twentieth year of th era of Alexander, eight degrees and
six minutes. Furthermore the ascendant of this our day is, according
to the exactest science of computation, the planet Mars; and it so
happeneth that Mercury is in conjunction with him, denoting an
auspicious moment for hair-cutting.
The fixed stars are removed since Ptolemy's time 26 gr. from the first
of Aries, and if the earth be immovable, as their site varies, so
should countries vary, and divers alterations would follow. But this
we perceive not; as in Tully's time with us in Britain, coelum visu
foedum, et in quo facile generantur nubes etc., 'tis so still.