The early Italian poets: together with Dante's Vita nuova

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J.M. Dent and Co., 1904 - English poetry - 336 pages
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Page 244 - Her dress, on that day, was of a most noble colour, a subdued and goodly crimson, girdled and adorned in such sort as best suited with her very tender age. At that moment, I say most truly that the spirit of life, which hath its dwelling in the secretest chamber of the heart, began to tremble so violently that the least pulses of my body shook therewith...
Page 252 - 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 300 - And therewithal such a bewilderment Possess'd me, that I shut mine eyes for peace ; And in my brain did cease Order of thought, and every healthful thing. Afterwards, wandering Amid a swarm of doubts that came and went, Some certain women's faces hurried by, And shriek'd to me, ' Thou too shalt die, shalt die ! ' " Then saw I many broken hinted sights In the uncertain state I stepp'd into.
Page 281 - These words I laid up in my mind with great gladness, conceiving to take them as my commencement. Wherefore, having returned to the city I spake of, and considered thereof during certain days, I began a poem with this beginning, constructed in the mode which will be seen below in its division. The poem begins here : — LADIES that have intelligence in love, Of mine own lady I would speak with you ; Not that I hope to count her praises through, But telling what I may, to ease my mind. And I declare...
Page 244 - I say that, from that time forward, Love quite governed my soul ; which was immediately espoused to him, and with so safe and undisputed a lordship (by virtue of strong imagination), that I had nothing left for it but to do all his bidding continually.
Page 44 - SET Love in order, thou that lovest Me. Never was virtue out of order found ; And though I fill thy heart desirously. By thine own virtue I must keep My ground : When to My love thou dost bring charity, Even she must come with order girt and gown'd.
Page 325 - He needs no bitter tears for his relief. But sighing comes, and grief, And the desire to find no comforter, (Save only Death, who makes all sorrow brief,) To him who for a while turns in his thought How she hath been among us, and is not. With sighs my bosom always...
Page 50 - In God, from the beginning excellent. So should my lady give That truth which in her eyes is glorified, On which her heart is bent, To me whose service waiteth at her side. My lady, God shall ask, " What dared'st thou? " (When my soul stands with all her acts review'd); " Thou passed'st Heaven, into My sight, as now, To make Me of vain love similitude.
Page 243 - Nine times already since my birth had the heaven of light returned to the selfsame point almost, as concerns its own revolution, when first the glorious Lady of my mind was made manifest to mine eyes; even she who was called Beatrice by many who knew not...

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