The most illustrious ladies of the Italian renaissance

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1904 - Italy - 367 pages

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Page 337 - I call therefore a complete and generous education that which fits a man to perform justly, skillfully, and magnanimously all the offices both private and public of peace and war.
Page 307 - When my rude hammer to the stubborn stone Gives human shape, now that, now this, at will, Following his hand who wields and guides it still, It moves upon another's feet alone: But that which dwells in heaven, the world doth fill With beauty by pure motions of its own; And since tools fashion tools which else were none, Its life makes all that lives with living skill. Now, for that every stroke excels the more The higher at the forge it doth ascend, Her soul that fashioned mine hath sought the skies:...
Page 122 - Prince your father and of the illustrious house of Sforza. And if any of the...
Page 303 - Blest spirit, who with loving tenderness Quickenest my heart so old and near to die, Who mid thy joys on me dost bend an eye Though many nobler men around thee press! As thou wert erewhile wont my sight to bless, So to console my mind thou now dost fly; Hope therefore stills the pangs of memory, Which coupled with desire my soul distress. So finding in thee grace to plead for me — Thy thoughts for me sunk in so sad a case — He who now writes, returns thee thanks for these. Lo, it were foul and...
Page 307 - When she who was the source of all my sighs, Fled from the world, herself, my straining sight, Nature who gave us that unique delight, Was sunk in shame, and we had weeping eyes. Yet shall not vauntful Death enjoy this prize, This sun of suns which then he veiled in night; For Love hath triumphed, lifting up her light On earth and mid the saints in Paradise. What though remorseless and impiteous doom Deemed that the music of her deeds would die, And that her splendour would be sunk in gloom, The...
Page 121 - In time of peace, I believe I can equal anyone in architecture, in constructing public and private buildings, and in conducting water from one place to another. I can execute sculpture, whether in marble, bronze, or terra-cotta ; and in painting I can do as much as any other, be he who he may.
Page 302 - When I possess them, not indeed because I shall have them in my house, but for that I myself shall dwell in them, the place will seem to encircle me with Paradise. For which felicity I shall remain ever more obliged to your ladyship than I am already, if that is possible. "The bearer of this letter will be Urbino, who lives in my service. Your ladyship may inform him when you would like me to come and see the head you promised to show me.
Page 224 - Night came, Pulci would set the table in a roar With his wild lay — there where the Sun de.
Page 307 - He for his part, loved her so, that I remember to have heard him say that he regretted nothing except that when he went to visit her upon the moment of her passage from this life, he did not kiss her forehead or her face, as he did kiss her hand. Her death was the cause that oftentimes he dwelt astonied, thinking of it, even as a man bereft of sense.
Page 290 - Anzi di ricovrarla hor mi par tardo. [Thou knowest, Love, I never sought to flee From thy sweet prison, nor impatient threw Thy dear yoke from my neck ; never withdrew What, that first day, my soul bestowed on thee. Time hath not changed love's ancient surety ; The knot is still as firm ; and though there grew Moment by moment fruit bitter as rue, Yet the fair tree remains as dear to me. And thou hast seen how that keen shaft of thine, 'Gainst which the might of Death himself is vain, Smote on one...

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