Dante and His Circle: With the Italian Poets Preceding Him (1100-1200-1300) : a Collection of Lyrics

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Little, Brown, 1905 - English poetry - 301 pages

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Page 61 - Mine inmost being then feels throughly quit Of anguish, and all evil keeps afar. Love also gathers to such power in me That my sighs speak, each one a grievous thing, Always soliciting My lady's salutation piteously. Whenever she beholds me, it is so, Who is more sweet than any words can show. Quomodo sedet sola civitas plena populo! facta est quasi vidua domina gentium!
Page 62 - 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 26 - At that moment the animate spirit, which dwelleth in the lofty chamber whither all the senses carry their perceptions, was filled with wonder...
Page 30 - O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam , attendite et videte si est dolor sicut dolor meus ; e pregare che mi soffermo d
Page 77 - After writing this sonnet, it was given unto me to behold a very wonderful vision; 1 wherein I saw things which determined me that I would say nothing further of this most blessed one, until such time as I could discourse more worthily concerning her. And to this end I labour all I can; as she well knoweth.
Page 43 - ... pleasure of gentle company. And as I was going that way by chance, (but I think rather by the will of fortune,) I heard one of them call unto me, and she that called was a lady of very sweet speech. And when I had come close up with them, and perceived that they had not among them mine excellent lady, I was reassured ; and saluted them, asking of their pleasure. The ladies were many ; divers of whom were laughing one to another, while divers gazed at me as though I should speak anon.
Page 28 - To every heart which the sweet pain doth move, And unto which these words may now be brought For true interpretation and kind thought, Be greeting in our Lord's name, which is Love. Of those long hours wherein the stars, above, Wake and keep watch, the third was almost nought, When Love was shown me with such terrors fraught As may not carelessly be spoken of. He seemed like one who is full of joy, and had My heart within his hand, and on his arm My lady, with a mantle round her, slept; Whom (having...
Page 25 - 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...
Page 78 - Wherefore if it be His pleasure through whom is the life of all things, that my life continue with me a few years, it is my hope that I shall yet write concerning her what hath not before been written of any woman. After the which, may it seem good unto Him who is the Master of Grace...
Page 183 - 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. Look how the trees are bound To order, bearing fruit ; And by one thing compute, In all things earthly, order's grace or gain. All earthly things I had the making of Were numbered and were measured then by Me; And each was ordered to its end by Love, Each kept, through order, clean for...

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