Francesco Petrarch

(1304-1374 / Arezzo, Italy)

From 'Visions' - Poem by Francesco Petrarch

Being one day at my window all alone,
So manie strange things happened me to see,
As much as it grieveth me to thinke thereon.
At my right hand a hynde appear'd to mee,
So faire as mote the greatest god delite;
Two eager dogs did her pursue in chace.
Of which the one was blacke, the other white:
With deadly force so in their cruell race

They pincht the haunches of that gentle beast,
That at the last, and in short time, I spide,
Under a rocke, where she alas, opprest,
Fell to the ground, and there untimely dide.
Cruell death vanquishing so noble beautie
Oft makes me wayle so hard a desire.

(Translated by Edmund Spenser)

Form: Sonnet


Comments about From 'Visions' by Francesco Petrarch

  • Moira Cameron (7/20/2016 10:35:00 PM)


    Very stark and powerful. I take it this is part of a larger piece. Does anyone know more about it? (Report) Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/20/2016 2:55:00 AM)


    Awesome translation, nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/20/2016 2:46:00 AM)


    With deadly force! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (7/20/2016 1:51:00 AM)


    For such an archaic poem, this reads very easy and smooth, but I wonder what is a hynde? A deer? A hound?
    Very stately and melancholy
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (8/6/2015 7:33:00 PM)


    Francesco Petrarca, il più sommo degli artefici del Rinascimento.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Poem Edited: Friday, July 21, 2017


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