Quanta dolcezza (Ritornello)
What sweetness he brings my heart through my eyes,
He who steals both time and death at once!
This is why he is the one who comforts me
And my desire for him grows and lasts forever.
Love, like any virtue, alive and alert,
Rouses my spirits and gets more of my attention.
He responds to me: “Like a corpse is he
Who leads his life with such certainty.”
Love is an idea born from beauty
Imagined or seen within the heart,
A friend to all virtue and kindness.
Sonetto XXXVIII (incomplete)