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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
Celestial Love
By Michelangelo (1475–1564)
Translated by John Addington Symonds

NO mortal thing enthralled these longing eyes
  When perfect peace in thy fair face I found;
  But far within, where all is holy ground,
  My soul felt Love, her comrade of the skies:
For she was born with God in Paradise;        5
  Nor all the shows of beauty shed around
  This fair false world her wings to earth have bound:
  Unto the Love of Loves aloft she flies.
Nay, things that suffer death, quench not the fire
  Of deathless spirits; nor eternity        10
  Serves sordid Time, that withers all things rare.
Not love but lawless impulse is desire:
  That slays the soul; our love makes still more fair
  Our friends on earth, fairer in death on high.

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