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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Love the Life-Giver
By Michaelangelo (1475–1564)
 
To Tommaso de’ Cavalieri

Translation of John Addington Symonds

WITH your fair eyes a charming light I see,
  For which my own blind eyes would peer in vain;
  Stayed by your feet, the burden I sustain
Which my lame feet find all too strong for me;
Wingless, upon your pinions forth I fly;        5
  Heavenward your spirit stirreth me to strain;
  E’en as you will, I blush and blanch again,
Freeze in the sun, burn ’neath a frosty sky.
Your will includes and is the lord of mine;
  Life to my thoughts within your heart is given;        10
      My words begin to breathe upon your breath:
Like to the moon am I, that cannot shine
  Alone; for lo! our eyes see naught in heaven
      Save what the living sun illumineth.
 
 
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