Michelangelo Buonarroti

(1475-1564 / Italy)

Xiv. Second Reading. - Poem by Michelangelo Buonarroti



Se ben concetto.

When that which is divine in us doth try
To shape a face, both brain and hand unite
To give, from a mere model frail and slight,
Life to the stone by Art's free energy.
Thus too before the painter dares to ply
Paint-brush or canvas, he is wont to write
Sketches on scraps of paper, and invite
Wise minds to judge his figured history.
So, born a model rude and mean to be
Of my poor self, I gain a nobler birth,
Lady, from you, you fountain of all worth!
Each overplus and each deficiency
You will make good. What penance then is due
For my fierce heat, chastened and taught by you?

Comments about Xiv. Second Reading. by Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/31/2015 3:07:00 PM)

    Michelangelo Buonarroti - Rime
    236. Se ben concetto ha la divina parte

    Se ben concetto ha la divina parte
    il volto e gli atti d’alcun, po’ di quello
    doppio valor con breve e vil modello
    dà vita a’ sassi, e non è forza d’arte.
    Né altrimenti in più rustiche carte,5
    anz’una pronta man prenda ’l pennello,
    fra ’ dotti ingegni il più accorto e bello
    pruova e rivede, e suo storie comparte.
    Simil di me model di poca istima
    mie parto fu, per cosa alta e perfetta10
    da voi rinascer po’, donna alta e degna.
    Se ’l poco accresce, e ’l mie superchio lima
    vostra mercé, qual penitenzia aspetta
    mie fiero ardor, se mi gastiga e ’nsegna?
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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