Sonnet

10-23 Brembati
Isotta Brembati
Italian
1530 – 1586

 

Sublime thought always
unburdens my heart of other thought
like the brilliant sun lightens dark clouds
shows me the true path to heaven.

This alone rules my breast
and creates desire, forms rose and violet words,
as changing as April
under the majestic sun

Now, if Heaven and Nature
wish that the sun be within me
who is powerful enough then to take it away?

However much cruel Fortune might oppose this
she can never challenge
the mindful care of heaven.

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