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Mine eye hath play'd the painter and...

Language: English

Mine eye hath play'd the painter and hath steel'd,
Thy beauty's form in table of my heart;
My body is the frame wherein 'tis held,
And perspective it is best painter's art.
For through the painter must you see his skill,
To find where your true image pictur'd lies,
Which in my bosom's shop is hanging still,
That hath his windows glazed with thine eyes.
Now see what good turns eyes for eyes have done:
Mine eyes have drawn thy shape, and thine for me
Are windows to my breast, where-through the sun
Delights to peep, to gaze therein on thee;
  Yet eyes this cunning want to grace their art,
  They draw but what they see, know not the heart.


Translation(s): FRE FRE GER ITA

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Joseph Simrock (1802 - 1876) , title 1: "Sonnet XXIV" ITA FRE FRE by Heinzpeter Helberger.
  • Also set in French (Fran├žais), a translation by Pierre Jean Jouve (1887 - 1976) , title unknown, published 1955, copyright © ITA GER by René Jacques Koering.

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Text added to the website: 2007-10-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:45
Line count: 14
Word count: 120

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