The firmest husband
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Typographic rustic ISBN: 9788498161779
The firmest husband is a dramatic work that Lope de Vega composed between the years 1617-1621 and published in Part XX of his comedies, in 1625.
Although it is expressly called “famous tragedy”, according to the myth treated, perhaps the term “comedy” is the one that best defines it, since it abounds in passages of comic and burlesque vein. In addition, and above all, this work has a happy outcome.
The essential theme of The Firmest Husband is the conjugal fidelity of Orpheus. The highlight of this work is marked by the hero’s decision to go down to hell in search of his wife. The bravery and, in particular, the tenacity he displays are common in all versions that have been written about the myth. However, Lope is not content, and introduces other thematic axes that complicate the intrigue, something to be expected in a master expert in the entanglement and unraveling of his plots.
(Aristaeus, Prince of Thrace, and Camillus come out.)
Aristaeus: I have already reigned on this earth.
Camilo: Then, don’t you plan to go back?
Aristeo: More would have been necessary
to return to me than to my land.
Camilo: What madness banishes you
from where to be King you were born?
Aristeo: Don’t ask what you saw,
that it can’t be madness
the one that in such high beauty
Camilo: I didn’t think a hunter
He looked more than at wild beasts,
and that, if you loved, you could
hunting to forget your love;
already of your kingdom, Lord,
you are far away; Warns
that you put yourself in this luck
to great danger.
Aristeo: It’s too late;Fragment of the work
that there is no misfortune that endures
who has little death.
Part, Camilo, and here
it leaves me, whether crazy or sane;
that if for love I lose myself,
I have not been lost for you;
To my vassals I gave
that from jungle to jungle wandering
I entertain myself, and come back when
you see, to see if I am
either dead or alive, for I am going
or life or death seeking.
Today, when the dawn came out
crowned with lilies,
and of these mountains hardly
the heads garrisoned,
I saw that singing was coming
great copy of farmers,
covered with various flowers;
follow them, and a temple was opened,
where the image I contemplate,
of Venus, goddess of loves.
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