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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Sonnet Found in Laura’s Tomb
By Petrarch (1304–1374)
 
“Qui reposan quei caste e felice ossa”

Translation of Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee

HERE now repose those chaste, those blest remains
Of that most gentle spirit, sole in earth!
Harsh monumental stone, that here confinest
True honor, fame, and beauty, all o’erthrown!
Death has destroyed that Laurel green, and torn        5
Its tender roots; and all the noble meed
Of my long warfare, passing (if aright
My melancholy reckoning holds) four lustres.
O happy plant! Avignon’s favored soil
Has seen thee spring and die;—and here with thee        10
Thy poet’s pen, and Muse, and genius lies.
O lovely beauteous limbs! O vivid fire,
That even in death hast power to melt the soul!
Heaven be thy portion, peace with God on high!
 
 
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