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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 Leonora of Esté
By Torquato Tasso (1544–1595)
 
        
Al nobil colle, ove in antichi marmi

Translation of Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
  
  [Written when the Princess was on a visit to her uncle, the Cardinal Ippolito II. d’Esté, at his villa at Tivoli, considered the most beautiful in Italy.]

TO the romantic hills, where free
  To thine enchanted eyes,
Works of Greek taste in statuary
  Of antique marble rise,
My thought, fair Leonora, roves,        5
And with it to their gloom of groves
  Fast bears me as it flies;
For far from thee, in crowds unblest,
My fluttering heart but ill can rest.
 
There to the rock, cascade, and grove,        10
  On mosses dropt with dew,
Like one who thinks and sighs of love
  The livelong summer through,
Oft would I dictate glorious things,
Of heroes, to the Tuscan strings        15
  Of my sweet lyre anew;
And to the brooks and trees around,
Ippolito’s high name resound.
 
But now what longer keeps me here?
  And who, dear lady, say,        20
O’er Alpine rocks and marshes drear,
  A weary length of way,
Guide me to thee? so that, enwreathed
With leaves by Poesy bequeathed
  From Daphne’s hallowed bay,        25
I trifle thus in song?—Adieu!
Let the soft zephyr whisper who.
 
 
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