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About this Poem 

“Love the Light-Giver” was published in The Sonnets of Michael Angelo Buonarroti (T.B. Mosher, 1897), translated by John Addington Symonds.

Love the Light-Giver

To Tommaso De’ Cavalieri

Veggio co' bei vostri occhi.

With your fair eyes a charming light I see,
    For which my own blind eyes would peer in vain;
    Stayed by your feet, the burden I sustain
    Which my lame feet find all too strong for me;
Wingless upon your pinions forth I fly;
    Heavenward your spirit stirreth me to strain;
    E'en as you will, I blush and blanch again,
    Freeze in the sun, burn 'neath a frosty sky.
Your will includes and is the lord of mine;
    Life to my thoughts within your heart is given;
    My words begin to breathe upon your breath:
Like to the moon am I, that cannot shine
    Alone; for lo! our eyes see nought in heaven
    Save what the living sun illumineth.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on February 24, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on February 24, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, Italy.