Michelangelo Buonarroti

(1475-1564 / Italy)

Lxx. _A Prayer For Strength._ - Poem by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Carico d'anni.

Burdened with years and full of sinfulness,
With evil custom grown inveterate,
Both deaths I dread that close before me wait,
Yet feed my heart on poisonous thoughts no less.

No strength I find in mine own feebleness
To change or life or love or use or fate,
Unless Thy heavenly guidance come, though late,
Which only helps and stays our nothingness.

'Tis not enough, dear Lord, to make me yearn
For that celestial home, where yet my soul
May be new made, and not, as erst, of nought:

Nay, ere Thou strip her mortal vestment, turn
My steps toward the steep ascent, that whole
And pure before Thy face she may be brought.


Comments about Lxx. _A Prayer For Strength._ by Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/29/2015 12:59:00 PM)


    Michelangelo Buonarroti - Rime
    293. Carico d'anni e di peccati pieno


    Carico d’anni e di peccati pieno
    e col trist’uso radicato e forte,
    vicin mi veggio a l’una e l’altra morte,
    e parte ’l cor nutrisco di veleno.
    Né propie forze ho, c’al bisogno sièno5
    per cangiar vita, amor, costume o sorte,
    senza le tuo divine e chiare scorte,
    d’ogni fallace corso guida e freno.
    Signor mie car, non basta che m’invogli
    c’aspiri al ciel sol perché l’alma sia,10
    non come prima, di nulla, creata.
    Anzi che del mortal la privi e spogli,
    prego m’ammezzi l’alta e erta via,
    e fie più chiara e certa la tornata.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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