Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bon Contentione

C'est séjour odieux des fourbes nuageuses
Vient la vie aux troupeaux, a l'oiseau ramageux:

resultant 'HAR-[L]ANGUE':

That odious impostors stay cloudy;
Life comes to flocks. The bird has flowered
into the caravans of Scaramouche...

Editor's pot-leaf (boast):

The name was that of a stock character in 17th-century Italian farce, Scaramuccia (literally "skirmish" or "quarrel"), who, attired usually in a black Spanish dress, burlesquing a don, was beaten by Harlequin for his boasting and cowardice.