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The robber answered, “What I do
Is done by all great lords on earth.
They massacre their enemies
In war just to enrich their states.
I hold up seven, maybe ten;
They madly kill ten thousand men,
And they do so much worse than me,
Taking what they don’t even need.”


Matteo Maria Boiardo, Orlando Innamorato (Orlando in Love) II.xix.40