Stendhal Imagines Arcangeli's Agonizing Execution

They broke that sum-bitch on a carriage wheel.

I wonder, how did that pain really feel.

I would like to have watched the agony

during the last hours of Arcangeli---

bound to those spokes by which the wheel had spoken

while all of that thug's bones were smashed or broken,

in those slow cycles of the hangman's turning.

Now Arcangeli sears in hell's fierce burning.

Absent there, for that day's main, grim attraction,

his least, gives me some satisfaction



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