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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
To a Mature Beauty
By Torquato Tasso (1544–1595)
Translated by Baroness von Gilsa

IN thy young spring, like some new-budding rose
  Wert thou, that from the wind’s warm breathing hides
  In bashful maidenhood, and safe abides
  Within its leafy covert, soft and close;
Or, since with thee may nothing vie that knows        5
  The touch of Death,—like some fair dawn that glides
  O’er dew-impearlëd fields, and down the sides
  Of golden hills in new-born beauty glows.
Now thy green spring is past, yet riper years
  Take naught from thee, nor can a lovelier one        10
  In youthful gladness smile at thy decay;
More beautiful the perfect flower appears
  In odorous prime,—more glorious is the sun
  That crowns the broad arch of the bright noon-day.

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