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Thursday, 27 October 2016

First Verse of “The Chess Game of Love” by Francesc de Castellví i de Vic

As Mars met Venus in a temple,
While having Mercury in their presence,
He devised a game of chess, with new example:
Taking Reason as King without preeminence;
Will for Queen, with great potency;
Thoughts he deems for his Bishops;
His Knights, praises of sweet eloquence;
Rooks are desires to flare up one’s memory;
Pawns are servers striving to Victory.


Date: 1475 (original in Catalan); 201? (translation in English)

By: Francesc de Castellví i de Vic (14??-1506)

Translated by: Josep Miquel Sobrer (1944-2015)