Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Love the Light-Giver

Love the Light-Giver

 by Michelangelo Buonarroti

To Tommaso De’ Cavalieri


Veggio co’ bei vostri occhi.*


With your fair eyes a charming light I see,

    For which my own blind eyes would peer in vain;

    Stayed by your feet, the burden I sustain

    Which my lame feet find all too strong for me;

Wingless upon your pinions forth I fly;

    Heavenward your spirit stirreth me to strain;

    E’en as you will, I blush and blanch again,

    Freeze in the sun, burn ’neath a frosty sky.

Your will includes and is the lord of mine;

    Life to my thoughts within your heart is given;

    My words begin to breathe upon your breath:

Like to the moon am I, that cannot shine

    Alone; for lo! our eyes see nought in heaven

    Save what the living sun illumineth.

*Wonder with your beautiful eyes.

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