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Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war

Language: English

Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war,
How to divide the conquest of thy sight;
Mine eye my heart thy picture's sight would bar,
My heart mine eye the freedom of that right.
My heart doth plead that thou in him dost lie, --
A closet never pierc'd with crystal eyes --
But the defendant doth that plea deny,
And says in him thy fair appearance lies.
To side this title is impannelled
A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart;
And by their verdict is determined
The clear eye's moiety, and the dear heart's part:
      As thus; mine eye's due is thy outward part,
      And my heart's right, thy inward love of heart.


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Text added to the website: 2010-08-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:56
Line count: 14
Word count: 115

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Sonetto XLVI

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Ho gli occhi e il cuore in mortale conflitto
su come, della persona tua, spartirsi la conquista;
Gli occhi vorrebbero al cuore nascondere il tuo aspetto,
ma un siffatto diritto il cuore agli occhi contesta.
Che tu in lui dimori, a sua difesa, il cuore afferma --
e si dichiara scrigno inviolato da sguardo penetrante --
ma l'avversario tale argomento prontamente nega
dicendo che è in lui che giace il tuo gentile sembiante.
Per emetter sentenza viene convocato
un giurì di pensieri, tutti fedeli al cuore;
sì che, con il verdetto, è già determinato
ciò che agli occhi spetta, e cosa al cuore assegnare:
     E così: agli occhi spetta il tuo aspetto esteriore,
     ma il mio cuore ha diritto sul tuo profondo amore.


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Text added to the website: 2013-09-17.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:20
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Word count: 121