Dante and His Circle: with the Italian Poets Preceding Him. (1100-1200-1300).: A Collection of Lyrics, Ed., and Tr. in the Original Metres

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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Page 469 - TELL me now in what hidden way is Lady Flora the lovely Roman? Where's Hipparchia, and where is Thais, Neither of them the fairer woman? Where is Echo, beheld of no man, Only heard on river and mere, — She whose beauty was more than human? . . . But where are the snows of yester-year?
Page 503 - Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare; Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss Though winning near the goal — yet, do not grieve; She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss, For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair: Ah, happy, happy boughs!
Page 37 - O vos omnes qui transitis per viam, attendite et videte si est dolor sicut dolor meus," and to pray them to stay and hear me.
Page 76 - How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people ! How is she become as a widow ! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, How is she become tributary...
Page 69 - And in his speech he laugh'd and laugh'd again. Then, while it was his pleasure to remain, I chanced to look the way he had drawn near, And saw the Ladies Joan and Beatrice Approach me, this the other following, One and a second marvel instantly. And even as now my memory speaketh this, Love spake it then: " The first is christen'd Spring; The second Love, she is so like to me.
Page 61 - And still as the ladies passed to and fro, I could hear them speak after this fashion of her and of me. Wherefore afterwards, having considered and perceiving that there was herein matter for poesy, I resolved that I would write certain rhymes in the which should be contained all that those ladies had said. And because I would willingly have spoken to them if it had not been for discreetness, I made in my rhymes as though I had spoken and they had answered me. And thereof I wrote two sonnets ; in...
Page 235 - Inscription for a portrait of Dante. DANTE ALIGHIERI, a dark oracle Of wisdom and of art, I am ; whose mind Has to my country such great gifts assign'd That men account my powers a miracle. My lofty fancy passed as low as Hell, As high as Heaven, secure and unconfin'd ; And in my noble book doth every kind Of earthly lore and heavenly doctrine dwell.
Page 287 - I have it in my heart to serve God so That into Paradise I shall repair, — The holy place through the which everywhere I have heard say that joy and solace flow. Without my lady I were loath to go, — She who has the bright face and the bright hair ; Because if she were absent, I being there, My pleasure would be less than naught, I know.
Page 70 - It might be here objected unto me, (and even by one worthy of controversy,) that I have spoken of Love as though it were a thing outward and visible: not only a spiritual essence, but as a bodily substance also. The which thing, in absolute truth, is a fallacy; Love not being of itself a substance, but an accident of substance. Yet that I speak of Love as though it were a thing tangible and even human, appears by three things which I say thereof. And firstly, I say that I perceived Love coming towards...
Page 404 - I'm Quite sure that further on we'll get wild thyme.' ' Oh we shall stay too long, it's going to rain ! There's lightning, oh there's thunder !' ' Oh shan't we hear the vesper-bell, I wonder?' ' Why, it's not nones, you silly little thing ; And don't you hear the nightingales that sing Fly away O die away t' ' OI hear something ! Hush !' ' Why, where ? what is it then ?' ' Ah ! in that bush !' So every girl here knocks it, shakes and shocks it, Till with the stir they make Out skurries a great snake....

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