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Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage

Language: English

Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage
Thy merit hath my duty strongly knit,
To thee I send this written embassage,
To witness duty, not to show my wit:
Duty so great, which wit so poor as mine
May make seem bare, in wanting words to show it,
But that I hope some good conceit of thine
In thy soul's thought, all naked, will bestow it:
Till whatsoever star that guides my moving,
Points on me graciously with fair aspect,
And puts apparel on my tottered loving,
To show me worthy of thy sweet respect:
  Then may I dare to boast how I do love thee;
  Till then, not show my head where thou mayst prove me.

Translation(s): FRE ITA

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Text added to the website: 2007-10-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:44
Line count: 14
Word count: 118

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Signore del mio amore, cui in fido vassallaggio

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Signore del mio amore, cui in fido vassallaggio
resto, per i tuoi meriti, strettamente legato
invio a te, con questo mio scritto, un messaggio
non per mostrare ingegno, ma quale omaggio devoto:
Devozione sì grande, da non saperla vestire,
per la mia povertà d'ingegno, con il termine adatto,
così che appare spoglia, se non potessi sperare
che tu, nuda, la accolga con un qualche tuo bel concetto:
fin quando l'ignota stella che illumina la mia strada,
rivolga a me, benigna, il suo gentile aspetto,
e al mio amore incerto una veste adatta conceda,
dimostrandomi degno del tuo dolce rispetto.
     Potrò allora farti mostra di quanto il mio amore è forte;
     non me lo chiedere adesso, che me ne sto in disparte.

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Text added to the website: 2012-04-30.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:53
Line count: 14
Word count: 121