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Torquato Tasso, the great Italian Renaissance poet and author of Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered), was born March 11, 1544 in Sorrento. His father, Bernardo Tasso, was a court poet whose most famousread more
At thy loved name my voice grows loud and clear
Fluent my tongue, as thou art wise and strong,
And soaring far above the clouds my song:
But soon it droops, languid and faint to hear,5
And if thou conquerest not my fate, I fear
Invincible Alphonso, Fate ere long
Will conquer me—freezing in death my song,
And closing eyes now opened with a tear.
Nor dying merely grieves me, let me own,
Whose famous last words were "Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies"?Answer
Voltaire, when asked by a priest to renounce Satan.Previous Trivia Questions