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

WITH your fair eyes a charming light I see,
  For which my own blind eyes would peer in vain;
  Stayed by your feet the burden I sustain
  Which my lame feet find all too strong for me;
Wingless upon your pinions forth I fly;        5
  Heavenward your spirit stirreth me to strain;
  E’en as you will, I blush and blanch again,
  Freeze in the sun, burn ’neath a frosty sky.
Your will includes and is the lord of mine;
  Life to my thoughts within your heart is given;        10
  My words begin to breathe upon your breath:
Like to the moon am I, that cannot shine
  Alone; for lo! our eyes see nought in heaven
  Save what the living sun illumineth.

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