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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
I Ask the Sky
By Giovanni Crescimbeni (1663–1728)
Translated by James Glassford, of Dougalston
Io chiedo al Ciel.

I ASK the Sky, what new and daring foe
  With hand so high against his God rebelled?
  It answers, Man; and when he struck the blow,
  In blackness of eclipse the sun I held.
I ask the Ocean: heaving from below,        5
  Man, it replies; by Man He was compelled
  To suffer thus, and with convulsive throe
  Unwonted tides my lowest channel swelled.
I ask the Land: with long and bitter groan,
  Man shook me to the centre, is its cry;        10
  And still upon my face the marks are shown.
To Man, whose laughing hours in pleasure fly,
  To man, incensed I turn: proud Man alone,
  Tossing his lofty head, makes no reply.

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