Sonnet 12 [Alas, so all things now do hold their peace]

Petrarch

Translated by Henry Howard
 
Alas, so all things now do hold their peace,
Heaven and earth disturbčd in no thing;
The beasts, the air, the birds their song do cease;
The nightes car the stars about doth bring.
Calm is the sea, the waves work less and less.
So am not I, whom love, alas, doth wring,
Bringing before my face the great increase
Of my desires, whereat I weep and sing
In joy and woe, as in a doubtful ease.
For my sweet thoughts sometime do pleasure bring,
But by and by the cause of my disease
Gives me a pang that inwardly doth sting,
When that I think what grief it is again
To live and lack the thing should rid my pain.
 

Poems by This Author

Sonnet 101 [Ways apt and new to sing of love I'd find] by Petrarch
Ways apt and new to sing of love I'd find
Sonnet 102 [If no love is, O God, what fele I so?] by Petrarch
If no love is, O God, what fele I so
Sonnet 131 [I'd sing of Love in such a novel fashion] by Petrarch
I'd sing of Love in such a novel fashion
Sonnet 7 [The soote season, that bud and bloom forth brings] by Petrarch
The soote season, that bud and bloom forth brings
Sonnet 8 [Set me where as the sun doth parch the green] by Petrarch
Set me where as the sun doth parch the green


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