Louise Labe

(1524 - 1566 / France)

Louise Labe Poems

1. Sonnet Iii 11/8/2012
2. Sonnet Xxiv 11/8/2012
3. Sonnet Xi 11/8/2012
4. Sonnet Xxiii 11/8/2012
5. Sonnet I 11/8/2012
6. Sonnet Viii 11/8/2012
7. Sonnet Xiv 11/8/2012
8. Sonnet Xviii 11/8/2012
9. While Yet These Tears 4/6/2010
10. Sonnet Vii 11/8/2012
11. I Flee The City, Temples, And Each Place 4/6/2010
12. Long-Felt Desires 4/6/2010

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Long-Felt Desires

Long-felt desires, hopes as long as vain--
sad sighs--slow tears accustomed to run sad
into as many rivers as two eyes could add,
pouring like fountains, endless as the rain--
cruelty beyond humanity, a pain
so hard it makes compassionate stars go mad
with pity: these are the first passions I've had.
Do you think love could root in my soul again?
If it arched the great bow back again at me,
licked me again with fire, and stabbed me deep
with the violent worst, as awful as before,
the wounds that cut me everwhere would keep
me shielded, so there would be no ...

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