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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
Signs of Love
By Francesco Petrarca (1304–1374)
Translated by Charles Bagot Cayley

IF amorous faith, a heart of guileless ways,
  Soft languors, courteously controlled desire,
  And virtuous will, kindled with noble fire,
And lengthened wanderings in a lightless maze;
If thoughts, which evermore the brow displays,        5
  Or words that faint and brokenly suspire,
  Still checked with fear and shame; if hues no higher
Than the pale violet hath, or love displays;
If holding some one than one’s self more dear,
  If sorrowing and sighing evermore,        10
  If chewing grief, and rage, and many a cross,
If burning far away, and freezing near,
  Are signs that Love consumes me to the core,
  Yours, lady, is the fault and mine the loss.

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