Michelangelo Buonarroti

(1475-1564 / Italy)

Liii. _Celestial And Earthly Love._ - Poem by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Non è sempre di colpa.

Love is not always harsh and deadly sin:
If it be love of loveliness divine,
It leaves the heart all soft and infantine
For rays of God's own grace to enter in.
Love fits the soul with wings, and bids her win
Her flight aloft nor e'er to earth decline;
'Tis the first step that leads her to the shrine
Of Him who slakes the thirst that burns within.
The love of that whereof I speak, ascends:
Woman is different far; the love of her
But ill befits a heart all manly wise.
The one love soars, the other downward tends;
The soul lights this, while that the senses stir,
And still his arrow at base quarry flies.


Comments about Liii. _Celestial And Earthly Love._ by Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/28/2015 1:34:00 PM)


    Michelangelo Buonarroti - Rime
    260. Non è sempre di colpa aspra e mortale


    Non è sempre di colpa aspra e mortale
    d’una immensa bellezza un fero ardore,
    se poi sì lascia liquefatto il core,
    che ’n breve il penetri un divino strale.
    Amore isveglia e desta e ’mpenna l’ale,5
    né l’alto vol preschive al van furore;
    qual primo grado c’al suo creatore,
    di quel non sazia, l’alma ascende e sale.
    L’amor di quel ch’i’ parlo in alto aspira;
    donna è dissimil troppo; e mal conviensi10
    arder di quella al cor saggio e verile.
    L’un tira al cielo, e l’altro in terra tira;
    nell’alma l’un, l’altr’abita ne’ sensi,
    e l’arco tira a cose basse e vile.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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