„Wherever I am, I am Love, no less
among these shepherds than with nobility.
And inequalities of subjects to my rule
I balance as I please.“

—  Torquato Tasso, Aminta

Ovunque i mi sia, io sono Amore.
Ne'pastori non men, che ne gli heroi;
E la disagguaglianza de'soggetti,
Come à me piace, agguaglio.
Prologue
Aminta (1573)

Original

Ovunque i mi sia, io sono Amore. Ne'pastori non men, che ne gli heroi; E la disagguaglianza de'soggetti, Come à me piace, agguaglio.

Aminta (1573)

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italienischer Dichter 1544 - 1595

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