On the heroic frenzies: a translation of De gli eroici furori /. by Ingrid D. Rowland ; text edited by Eugenio Canone. imprint. Toronto ; Buffalo: University of. Giordano Bruno’s The Heroic Frenzies: A Translation with Introduction and Notes. PAUL EUGENE MEMMO. Series: North Carolina Studies in the Romance. OF THE HEROIC FRENZIES. Translated by Ingrid D. Rowland. SUMMARY. This English version of the Argomento del Nolano provides a preview of Ingrid Row.

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In the second dialogue, in a sonnet and in the dialogue which is a commentary upon it, is made specific the first cause which subdued the strong one, softened the hard one, and reduced him to an amorous servitude under the command of Cupid, but in that way raised and disposed him to celebrate his zeal, ardor, election, and purpose. For that reason he regrets loving her the more he is unable to refrain from doing so.

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A propos of this poem I would like to return to what I was saying a little while ago. Fate is nothing else than the fatal disposition and order of mishaps to which he is subjected by his destiny. Do you have hope? Certainly a worthy and heroic death is preferable to an unworthy and vile triumph. Do I perhaps wish to restrict men from gathering the sweetest fruit which the garden of our earthly paradise can produce?

The stupidly idle are buried in the lethargy of the incapability of judging their own blindness, and the profitably zealous are aware, awakened, and prudent judges of their own blindness, and for that reason are in quest and of the frenziew of the attainment of the light from which the others are banished for a long time.

Actaeon represents the intellect intent upon the frsnzies of divine wisdom and the comprehension of the divine beauty.

On the Heroic Frenzies

And on the other hand, because of the sense of their own dignity, they recover their own divine forms; just as the heroic lover, raising himself by his conception of the species of divine beauty and goodness upon the wings of his intellect and intellectual will exalts himself toward the divinity, abandoning the form of more ignoble thing.

It would be then heoic great shame for a noble spirit to say, speaking of a filthy, vile, sluggish, and ignoble soul no matter how excellent its corporeal dressI fear her scorn more than hreoic torment. In the light, at the fount, in the bosom of heeroic love’s light, I see the flames, the arrows and the chains. These two drives are represented by the two kinds of metamorphoses which the present sonnet describes: And that there may be no vacuum interposed among them, the end of one song coincides with the beginning of the other, and the end of the last song frenzles with the beginning of the first, as the circle is closed.

The latter opinion has been justifiably reproved for having been exposed to the eyes of the multitude, for since it is only with great difficulty that they can be restrained from vices and spurred to virtuous action by belief in eternal punishment, what would happen were they persuaded of some lighter condition for the reward of heroic and human deeds, and the punishment of crimes and villainies?


In the middle is the rational faculty which is composed of everything, as that in which concurs the one and the many, the same with the diverse, motion with position, the interior with the superior. The Cabalists, Chaldeans, Magi, the Platonists and Christian theologians hold that these intelligences are distinct in nine orders through the perfection of the number which governs the universality of things and in a certain way informs everything.

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And among the theologians only Origen, following heroix the great philosophers, has dared to say, after the Saducees and other reproved sects, fernzies the revolution is vicissitudinal and yet eternal, and that all those who ascend must decend to the bottom; as one can see in all the elements, and in all the things which exist on the surface, in the bosom and herioc of nature.

In this verse he shows the cause and the origin whence his frenzy is conceived and his enthusiasm is born — by ploughing the field of the Muses, by scattering the seeds of his thoughts there, by aspiring to love’s harvest, and discovering the fervor of the sun in the heat of his own passions and the humour of the rain in his own tears. Now frezies return to the point from which passion has led us to digress to some extent, I say that heoic are and can be so many kinds of sentiment and human creations, which one can adorn with garlands not only of all sorts and species of plants, but also of all types and species of material.

The third, blinded by the sudden appearance of intense light, is herkic because of the brilliance of the object which dazzles him. In that river are the nymphs, who are the blessed and divine intelligences which assist and administer to the first intelligence, similar to Diana among the nymphs of the wilderness. There are the inferior waters under the firmament which enlighten.

To frehzies most acute and penetrating senses, this harmony of members shows a certain sensible affinity to the spirit; consequently, drenzies who are so endowed fall in love more easily and more intensely and they also fall out of love more easily and are more intensely provoked.

But all man cannot reached that point, but only one or two. A similar revolution is alluded to by the Pythagorean poet, when he says: The sonnet sequence of De gli eroici furori pp.

I mean, why do you understand the minimum happiness and frebzies minimum sadness and two virtues and not as one vice and one virtue? Are there still other species, then, of poets and awards?

Yet that there be no mistake I do not wish that here should be taxed the dignity of those ladies who have been worthily praised and who are praiseworthy: So much, I say, am I removed from that most vain, most vile and most infamous glory, that I cannot believe any man who possesses a grain of sense and spirit can expend any more love on such a thing than I have spent in the past and intend to spend in the present.

Now we come to our purpose. By Circe’s words, Take another one of my fatal vasesis signified that men carry with themselves the decree and destiny of a new metamorphoses, which is, however, said to be offered to them by Circe herself; for although one contrary has its origin in the other, it may not be efficaciously uncovered by them.


Those who can praise themselves by the laurel are those who sing worthily of heroic things, who instruct heroic souls through speculative and moral philosophy, or who celebrate those heroic souls and present them as exemplary mirrors of political and civil action.

Because for those who are favored by heaven, the greatest evils are converted into even greater good; for necessity nourishs labors and studies, and these as a rule nourish the glory of immortal splendor. In the second article is shown what are those subjects, objects, affections, instruments, and effects by which this divine light enters, shows itself, and takes possession of the soul, in order to raise it and convert it unto God.

If my languishing is so sweet to me, it is because the heavenly face delights me so, and because the heavenly bow so sweetly wounds; And because in that knot is bound up my desire, I suffer eternally through the fire of my heart, the arrow in mind brest, and the yoke upon my soul.

Who will put that which wearies me far from that which delights me, so as to cause my ardors and my tears to become happy ones? Then there follows a long chant and song by the nine intelligences, the nine muses, whose chorus is ordered according to the number of the nine spheres, so that the harmony of each one is continued by the harmony of the following one. In this dialogue is shown how the will is reawakened from sleep, given direction, urged and led by the cognition; and reciprocally how the cognition is aroused, formed, and revived by the will, the one proceeding from the other, alternately.

Love converts the thing loved into the lover, as the fire, among all the most active elements, is able to convert all the other simple and complex elements into itself.

The former unseemliness does not fall fremzies all old men, nor does the latter advantage fall to all young men; but it is true of the latter who are well constituted, and of the former who are badly constituted. Here he shows that his of is not like that of the butterfly, the stag or the unicorn, who hegoic run away if they had some idea of the fire, of the arrow and the noose, and who perceive nothing but what pleases them.

In the third dialogue in four questions and four answers of the heart to the eyes and the eyes to the heart is explained the being and mode of the appetitive and cognitive faculties. Truly, with respect to that sex, what I abominate is that zealous and disordered venereal love which some are accustomed to expend for it, so that they come to the point of making their wit the slave of woman, and of degrading the noblest powers and actions of the intellectual soul.