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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
The Creation of My Lady
By Francesco Redi (1626–1697)
Translated by Edmund Gosse

THAT Love,—whose power and sovranty we own,
  And who before all time was did beget
  The sun and moon and splendid stars, and set
All lovely things to speak of Him alone,—
Late looking earthward from his supreme throne        5
  Saw that,—although the beauty lingered yet,—
  The froward heart of man did quite forget
That all this beauty from His presence shone;
Wherefore, desiring to reclaim his eyes
  To heaven by some unequalled new delight,        10
He gave the world a treasure from the skies,
  My Lady’s sacred beauty, pure and bright,
  Whose body is a robe of woven light,
And fashioned in the looms of Paradise.

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