Machiavelli, Volume I eBook

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some of those things which ordained a new, gain reputation and greatness to a new Prince.  Therefore this occasion should not be let pass, to the end that Italy after so long a time may see some one redeemer of hers appear.  Nor can I express with what dearness of affection he would be received in all those countreys which have suffered by those forrein scums, with what thirst of revenge, with what resolution of fidelity, with what piety, with what tears.  Would any gates be shut again him?  Any people deny him obedience?  Any envy oppose him?  Would not every Italian fully consent with him?  This government of the Barbarians stinks in every ones nostrils.  Let your Illustrious Family then undertake this worthy exployt with that courage and those hopes wherewith such just actions are to be attempted; to the end that under your colours, this countrey may be enabled, and under the protection of your fortune that saying of Petrarch be verifyed.

Virtu contr’ al fuore Prendera l’arme, e fia il combatter corto:  Che l’antico valore Ne gli Italici cor non e morto.

  Vertue against fury shall advance the fight,
  And it i’ th’ combate soon shall put to flight: 
  For th’ old Roman valor is not dead,
  Nor in th’ Italians brests extinguished.


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