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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
Love’s Messenger
By Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
Translated by Warburton Pike

A TENDER thought comes oft to me,
  Of you to whisper, and remain,
  And sings of love, so sweet a strain
  My heart, entranced, must needs agree.
Says Soul to Heart, Pray, who is he,        5
  That cometh to console our pain,
  And so o’erpowering makes his reign,
  Scarce other thought in us can be?
The answer this,—Soul, full of thought,
  He comes from Love a spriteling new,        10
  Who his desires to me hath brought;
His life and forces all, he drew
  From Her, the loving one, who knows,
  And sees with pitying eyes, our woes.

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