Michelangelo Buonarroti

(1475-1564 / Italy)

Xxxii. _Love's Expostulation._ - Poem by Michelangelo Buonarroti

S' un casto amor.

If love be chaste, if virtue conquer ill,
If fortune bind both lovers in one bond,
If either at the other's grief despond,
If both be governed by one life, one will;
If in two bodies one soul triumph still,
Raising the twain from earth to heaven beyond,
If Love with one blow and one golden wand
Have power both smitten breasts to pierce and thrill;
If each the other love, himself forgoing,
With such delight, such savour, and so well,
That both to one sole end their wills combine;
If thousands of these thoughts, all thought outgoing,
Fail the least part of their firm love to tell:
Say, can mere angry spite this knot untwine?

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Comments about Xxxii. _Love's Expostulation._ by Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/3/2016 2:35:00 PM)

    Michelangelo Buonarroti - Rime
    59. S'un casto amor, s'una pietà superna

    S’un casto amor, s’una pietà superna,
    s’una fortuna infra dua amanti equale,
    s’un’aspra sorte all’un dell’altro cale,
    s’un spirto, s’un voler duo cor governa;
    s’un’anima in duo corpi è fatta etterna,5
    ambo levando al cielo e con pari ale;
    s’amor d’un colpo e d’un dorato strale
    le viscer di duo petti arda e discerna;
    s’amar l’un l’altro e nessun se medesmo,
    d’un gusto e d’un diletto, a tal mercede10
    c’a un fin voglia l’uno e l’altro porre:
    se mille e mille, non sarien centesmo
    a tal nodo d’amore, e tanta fede;
    e sol l’isdegno il può rompere e sciorre.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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