Michelangelo Buonarroti

(1475-1564 / Italy)

Lv. _Love's Entreaty._ - Poem by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Tu sa' ch' i' so, Signor mie.

Thou knowest, love, I know that thou dost know
That I am here more near to thee to be,
And knowest that I know thou knowest me:
What means it then that we are sundered so?
If they are true, these hopes that from thee flow,
If it is real, this sweet expectancy,
Break down the wall that stands 'twixt me and thee;
For pain in prison pent hath double woe.
Because in thee I love, O my loved lord,
What thou best lovest, be not therefore stern:
Souls burn for souls, spirits to spirits cry!
I seek the splendour in thy fair face stored;
Yet living man that beauty scarce can learn,
And he who fain would find it, first must die.

Comments about Lv. _Love's Entreaty._ by Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • (7/27/2017 1:18:00 AM)

    Thanks - I got this poem from another source and was trying to figure out what vlto in the 12th line should have been - volto, of course! (Report) Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/28/2015 1:56:00 PM)

    Michelangelo Buonarroti - Rime
    60. Tu sa' ch'i' so, signor mie, che tu sai

    Tu sa’ ch’i’ so, signor mie, che tu sai
    ch’i vengo per goderti più da presso,
    e sai ch’i’ so che tu sa’ ch’i’ son desso:
    a che più indugio a salutarci omai?
    Se vera è la speranza che mi dai,5
    se vero è ’l gran desio che m’è concesso,
    rompasi il mur fra l’uno e l’altra messo,
    ché doppia forza hann’i celati guai.
    S’i’ amo sol di te, signor mie caro,
    quel che di te più ami, non ti sdegni,10
    ché l’un dell’altro spirto s’innamora.
    Quel che nel tuo bel volto bramo e ’mparo,
    e mal compres’ è dagli umani ingegni,
    chi ’l vuol saper convien che prima mora.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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