Guido Cavalcanti

(1254-1300 / Italy)

You Have, In You, The Leaves And Flowers - Poem by Guido Cavalcanti

You have, in you, the leaves and flowers
All that shines and all that’s sweet to see:
Greater than the sun your face in splendour,
Who sees you not can never worthy be.
In this world there is no creature
So pleasing or so full of beauty:
And he is led, who holds love in terror,
By your face, to desire such inwardly.

Each woman who is with you pleases me,
Through the love you show towards her:
And I pray to her, of her courtesy,
She who can do so best does you most honour.
And shows great care for your sovereignty,
For you are queen of all who are there.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010



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