Michelangelo Buonarroti

(1475-1564 / Italy)

Lviii. _Love And Death._ - Poem by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Ognor che l' idol mio.

Whene'er the idol of these eyes appears
Unto my musing heart so weak and strong,
Death comes between her and my soul ere long
Chasing her thence with troops of gathering fears.
Nathless this violence my spirit cheers
With better hope than if she had no wrong;
While Love invincible arrays the throng
Of dauntless thoughts, and thus harangues his peers:
But once, he argues, can a mortal die;
But once be born: and he who dies afire,
What shall he gain if erst he dwelt with me?
That burning love whereby the soul flies free,
Doth lure each fervent spirit to aspire
Like gold refined in flame to God on high.

Comments about Lviii. _Love And Death._ by Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/28/2015 2:11:00 PM)

    Michelangelo Buonarroti - Rime
    243. Ognor che l'idol mio si rappresenta

    Ognor che l’idol mio si rappresenta
    agli occhi del mie cor debile e forte,
    fra l’uno e l’altro obbietto entra la morte,
    e più ’l discaccia, se più mi spaventa.
    L’alma di tale oltraggio esser contenta5
    più spera che gioir d’ogni altra sorte;
    l’invitto Amor, con suo più chiare scorte,
    a suo difesa s’arma e s’argomenta:
    Morir, dice, si può sol una volta,
    né più si nasce; e chi col mie ’mor muore,10
    che fie po’, s’anzi morte in quel soggiorna?
    L’acceso amor, donde vien l’alma sciolta,
    s’è calamita al suo simile ardore,
    com’or purgata in foco, a Dio si torna.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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