§ 655. Despoliation of the pontifical states

19th century:
§655. Despoliation of the pontifical states (1860): VI-39.

Children of the reign in paternal possession,
Shall be despoiled in order to deliver:
Near by the Lake Trasimene the azure taken,
The troops in hostage because of having too much grown drunk.

(L’enfant du regne par paternelle prinse,
Expolié sera pour delivrer:
Aupres du lac Trasimen l’azur prinse,
La troupe hostaige pour trop fort s’enyvrer.)

Keys to the reading:
Prinse: = Prise (n.f.), possession;

The reign in paternal possession: = The reign of the Roman Pontiff, “pope” being originally “father”;

Children of the reign in paternal possession: The pontifical states in Italy;

Expolier: «Lat. exspoliare, dépouiller entièrement, to cast off entirely» (Ibuki);

L’azur: The blue representing the populated landscape with green grass, i.e., the pontifical states in Middle Italy (near the Lake Trasimene);

L’azur prinse: = L’azur prins (= l’azur pris), the feminine prinse (p.p.) is to rhyme to prinse (n.f.) of the first line;

Grown drunk: Revolutionarily passionate;

Children of the reign in paternal possession, Shall be despoiled in order to deliver: Near by the Lake Trasimene the azure taken: « The Mincio became the boundary of Austria in the peninsula, where the various states were to form a great confederation under the presidency of the pope. But all those concerned rejected this plan, and the revolutionary movement continued. The emperor confined himself to preventing Austria from intervening. Then those governments of Parma, Modena, the Roman legations, Tuscany and Naples, which ever since 1814 had been merely lieutenants of Austria, were seen to fall to pieces successively, and Italy, minus Venice and Rome, was about to form a single kingdom, when the emperor thought himself called upon to take a precaution necessary to the security of France; he claimed the price of the assistance he had given and by the Treaty of Turin, March 24th, 1860, obtained the cession to himself of Savoy and the county of Nice (Nizza).» (HH, XIII, p.137)

« Unionist enthusiasm had already burned too high, however, for political or diplomatic schemes to avail against it. All over the land the flag of united Italy was raised, and conjunction demanded with Sardinia. Bologna declared itself free from the pope and invoked the dictatorship of the king of Sardinia. Many other cities of the pontifical state followed this example, indeed the greater part of the pontifical possessions would have fallen away from Rome had not the terrible storming of Perugia by the pope's Swiss guard spread such dismay that Ancona, Ferara, and Ravenna for a while remained true.» (HH, IX, p.604-605)

« Towards the end of 1859 a pamphlet published in Paris entitled Pope and Congress first startled the world with the thought that it was time the temporal power of the pope should cease, that his rule ought hereafter to be confined to the precincts of Rome itself. This naturally threw the whole Catholic world in an uproar, and elicited from the pope repeated violent denunciations, yet in the course of time the idea became an accomplished fact. Napoleon had never forgotten that the holy father had refused him consecration at the time of his coronation. The union of the middle Italian states with Sardinia was the forerunner of all those “annexations” which was soon to transform completely the character of the peninsula. Napoleon was willing to permit the expansion of the upper Italian kingdom provided Savoy and the countship of Nice be ceded to France. From the time of Cavour's resumption of his place in the ministry in January, Napoleon and the crafty minister exerted every art known to diplomacy to bring about the end they had in view. At last in March, 1860, the popular vote was obtained which gave Savoy and Nice to France and made Tuscany, Parma, Modena, and the Roman legations a part of the kingdom of Sardinia. The 2nd of April witnessed the opening of the first Italian parliament, in which were representatives not only from Sardinia and Lombardy, but from Tuscany, Modena, Parma, and the Roman legations. “ Our fatherland is no longer the Italy of Rome,” declared the crown speech, “ nor of the Middle Ages; neither shall it be the arena wherein shall meet for combat the ambitions of all nations. Now and forever it is the Italy of the Italians.”» (HH, IX, p.606-607)

«Comment le Pape sera-t-il tout à la fois Pontife et Roi ? Comment l’homme de l’Évangile qui pardonne sera-t-il l’homme de la loi qui punit ? Ce n’est ni par la monarchie, ni par la république, ni par le despotisme, ni par la liberté que ce but sera atteint. Le pouvoir du Pape ne peut être qu’un pouvoir paternel; il doit plutôt ressembler à une famille qu’à un État. Ainsi, non-seulement il n’est pas nécessaire que son territoire soit très-étendu, mais nous croyons qu’il est même essentiel qu’il soit restreint. Plus le territoire sera petit, plus le souverain sera grand ! En effet, un grand État implique certaines exigences auxquelles il est impossible que le Pape donne satisfaction. Un grand État voudra vivre politiquement, perfectionner ses institutions, participer au mouvement général du temps, des conquêtes de la science, des progrès de l’esprit humain. Il ne le pourra pas.» (Guéronnière, 1859, p.9-11)

The troops in hostage because of having too much grown drunk: « After the Peace of Villafranca the states south of the Po united under Garibaldi in a military league which had for object the repulsion of all attacks from without and the hindrance of all attempts at restoration on the part of the particularists and reactionists within. Even Bologna and a great part of the Romagna withdrew from the pontifical state and petitioned Victor Emmanuel to take them under his protection. This request was not refused however hot might be the wrath of of the holy father. Under the leadership of D’azeglio the necessary steps towards union with Sardinia were taken throughout Romagna, and by New Year of 1860, a specially established ministry deliberated on the affairs of the new-fledged state of middle Italy, to which was given the name of Emilia, from the old Via Æmilia of Rome.”» (HH, IX, p.606)
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Koji Nihei Daijyo

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We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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