The Early Italian Poets from Ciullo D'Alcamo to Dante Alighieri (1100-1200-1300): In the Original Metres, Together with Dante's Vita Nuova

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Smith, Elder and Company, 1861 - 464 pages

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Page 304 - Perrocch' io sono il suo fedel Bernardo. Quale è colui che forse di Croazia Viene a veder la Veronica nostra ', Che per l' antica fama non si sazia , Ma dice nel pensier fin che si mostra : Signor mio Gesù Cristo Dio verace , Or fu sì fatta la sembianza vostra ? Tale era io mirando la vivace Carità di colui che 'n questo mondo Contemplando gustò di quella pace.
Page 271 - Ran with loose hair, and eyes that frighten'd you By their own terror, and a pale amaze: The while, little by little, as I thought, The sun ceased, and the stars began to gather, And each wept at the other; And birds...
Page 220 - Se mai continga che il Poema sacro, Al quale ha posto mano e Cielo e Terra, SI che m' ha fatto per più anni macro, Vinca la crudeltà, che fuor mi serra Del bello ovile, ov...
Page 255 - After which it happened, as I passed one day along a path which lay beside a stream of very clear water, that there came upon me a great desire to say somewhat in rhyme : but when I began thinking how I should say it, methought that to speak of her were unseemly, unless I spoke to other ladies in the second person ; which is to say, not to any other ladies, but only to such as are so called because they are gentle, let alone for mere womanhood. Whereupon I declare that my tongue spake as though by...
Page 234 - ... would give hate more stress With them that feed on love in very sooth. Out of this world thou hast driven courtesy, And virtue, dearly prized in womanhood ; And out of youth's gay mood The lovely lightness is quite gone through thee. Whom now I mourn, no man shall learn from me Save by the measures of these praises given.
Page 283 - HOW doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people ! How is she become as a widow ! she that was great among the nations, And princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!
Page 255 - Wherefore I will not speak in such large kind That mine own speech should foil me, which were base; But only will discourse of her high grace In these poor words, the best that I can find, With you alone, dear dames and damozels: Twere ill to speak thereof with any else.
Page 179 - I'm Quite sure that further on we'll get wild thyme." " Oh we shall stay too long, it's going to rain ! There's lightning, oh there's thunder ! " "Oh shan't we hear the vesper-bell, I wonder ?" " Why, it's not nones, you silly little thing ; And don't you hear the nightingales that sing Fly away O die away ? " " OI hear something ! Hush ! "
Page 309 - Wherefore if it be His pleasure through whom is the life of all things, that my life continue with me a few years, it is my hope that I shall yet write concerning her what hath not before been written of any woman. After the which, may it seem good unto Him who is the Master of Grace...
Page 414 - IF I were fire, I'd burn the world away; If I were wind, I'd turn my storms thereon; If I were water, I'd soon let it drown; If I were God, I'd sink it from the day; If I were Pope, I'd never feel quite gay Until there was no peace beneath the sun ; If I were Emperor, what would I have done? — • I'd lop men's heads all round in my own way. If I were Death, I'd look my father up; If I were Life, I'd run away from him; And treat my mother to like calls and runs. If I were Cecco (and that's all...

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