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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
To the Princess Leonora Written Soon After the Poet’s Arrival at Ferrara
By Torquato Tasso (1544–1595)
 
Amor l’ alma m’ allaccia

Translation of Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen

LOVE binds my soul in chains of bliss
  Firm, rigorous, strict, and strong;
I am not sorrowful for this,
But why I quarrel with him is,
  He quite ties up my tongue.        5
 
When I my lady should salute,
  I can on no pretense;
But timid and confused stand mute,
Or, wandering in my reason, suit
  My speech but ill with sense.        10
 
Loose, gentle love, my tongue, and if
  Thou’lt not give up one part
Of thy great power, respect my grief,
Take off this chain in kind relief,
  And add it to my heart!        15
 
 
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