Michelangelo Buonarroti

(1475-1564 / Italy)

Xxiii. _Flesh And Spirit._ - Poem by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Ben posson gli occhi.

Well may these eyes of mine both near and far
Behold the beams that from thy beauty flow;
But, lady, feet must halt where sight may go:
We see, but cannot climb to clasp a star.
The pure ethereal soul surmounts that bar
Of flesh, and soars to where thy splendours glow,
Free through the eyes; while prisoned here below,
Though fired with fervent love, our bodies are.
Clogged with mortality and wingless, we
Cannot pursue an angel in her flight:
Only to gaze exhausts our utmost might.
Yet, if but heaven like earth incline to thee,
Let my whole body be one eye to see,
That not one part of me may miss thy sight!

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Comments about Xxiii. _Flesh And Spirit._ by Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/2/2016 12:06:00 PM)

    Michelangelo Buonarroti - Rime
    166. Ben posson gli occhi mie presso e lontano

    Ben posson gli occhi mie presso e lontano
    veder dov’apparisce il tuo bel volto;
    ma dove loro, ai pie’, donna, è ben tolto
    portar le braccia e l’una e l’altra mano.
    L’anima, l’intelletto intero e sano5
    per gli occhi ascende più libero e sciolto
    a l’alta tuo beltà; ma l’ardor molto
    non dà tal previlegio al corp’umano
    grave e mortal, sì che mal segue poi,
    senz’ali ancor, d’un’angioletta il volo,10
    e ’l veder sol pur se ne gloria e loda.
    Deh, se tu puo’ nel ciel quante tra noi,
    fa’ del mie corpo tutto un occhio solo;
    né fie poi parte in me che non ti goda.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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