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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Life Well Lost
By Giordano Bruno (1548–1600)
 
WINGED by desire and thee, O dear delight!
  As still the vast and succoring air I tread,
So, mounting still, on swifter pinions sped,
I scorn the world, and heaven receives my flight.
And if the end of Ikaros be nigh,        5
  I will submit, for I shall know no pain:
  And falling dead to earth, shall rise again;
What lowly life with such high death can vie?
Then speaks my heart from out the upper air,
“Whither dost lead me? sorrow and despair        10
Attend the rash:” and thus I make reply:—
  “Fear thou no fall, nor lofty ruin sent;
  Safely divide the clouds, and die content,
When such proud death is dealt thee from on high.”
 
 
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