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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 Tarquinia Molza
By Torquato Tasso (1544–1595)
 
A Lady Celebrated for her Beauty and her Italian Verses

Mostra la verde terra

Translation of Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen

THE GREEN earth of its wealth displays
  White violets, and the lovely sun
Its sparkling crown of rosy rays
  O’er shaded vale and mountain dun.
 
Thou, lady, for thy sign of wealth,        5
  Of genius, beauty, thought sublime,
Fling’st forth in glorious show by stealth
  The riches of unfading rhyme.
 
And whilst thy laurels, charmed from blight,
  Thus greenly mock the passing hours,        10
Thy verses all are rays of light,
  Thy living thoughts ambrosial flowers.
 
 
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