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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
The Transfiguration of Beauty
By Michelangelo (1475–1564)
Translated by John Addington Symonds
(A Dialogue with Love)

NAY, prithee tell me, Love, when I behold
  My lady, do mine eyes her beauty see
  In truth, or dwells that loveliness in me
  Which multiplies her grace a thousandfold?
Thou needs must know; for thou with her of old        5
  Comest to stir my soul’s tranquillity;
  Yet would I not seek one sigh less, or be
  By loss of that loved flame, more simply cold.—
The beauty thou discernest, all is hers;
  But grows in radiance as it soars on high,        10
  Through mortal eyes unto the soul above:
’Tis there transfigured; for the soul confers
  On what she holds, her own divinity:
  And this transfigured beauty wins thy love.

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