Sestina of the Lady Pietra degli Scrovigni

Sestina of the Lady Pietra degli Scrovigni is in Dante Poems.

Sestina of the Lady Pietra degli Scrovigni is a poem by Dante Alighieri Poet 1265-1321 translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti Painter 1828-1882.

To the dim light and the large circle of shade

I have clomb, and to the whitening of the hills,

There where we see no color in the grass.

Natheless my longing loses not its green,

It has so taken root in the hard stone

Which talks and hears as though it were a lady.

Utterly frozen is this youthful lady,

Even as the snow that lies within the shade;

For she is no more moved than is the stone

By the sweet season which makes warm the hills

And alters them afresh from white to green

Covering their sides again with flowers and grass.

When on her hair she sets a crown of grass

The thought has no more room for other lady,

Because she weaves the yellow with the green

So well that Love sits down there in the shade,–

Love who has shut me in among low hills

Faster than between walls of granite-stone.

She is more bright than is a precious stone;

The wound she gives may not be healed with grass:

I therefore have fled far o’er plains and hills

For refuge from so dangerous a lady;

But from her sunshine nothing can give shade,–

Not any hill, nor wall, nor summer-green.

A while ago, I saw her dressed in green,–

So fair, she might have wakened in a stone

This love which I do feel even for her shade;

And therefore, as one woos a graceful lady,

I wooed her in a field that was all grass

Girdled about with very lofty hills.

Yet shall the streams turn back and climb the hills

Before Love’s flame in this damp wood and green

Burn, as it burns within a youthful lady,

For my sake, who would sleep away in stone

My life, or feed like beasts upon the grass,

Only to see her garments cast a shade.

How dark soe’er the hills throw out their shade,

Under her summer green the beautiful lady

Covers it, like a stone cover’d in grass.

1871. George Frederick Watts 1817-1904. Portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti Painter 1828-1882. 1853. William Holman Hunt Painter 1827-1910. Portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti Painter 1828-1882. Memorials of Edward Burne-Jones 1860. After 09 Jun 1860. It was quite clear that we must give up Paris and get to our own home as soon as the doctor gave Edward leave to travel; so ruefully enough I wrote to Gabriel and told him how things were; and his answer was a comfort to us, for he reported that they were both tired of

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1881. Marie Spartali aka Stilman Painter 1844-1927 (36). "Madonna Pietra degli Scrovigni". From the poem Sestina of the Lady Pietra degli Scrovigni by Dante Alighieri Poet 1265-1321.