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Arnaut Daniel

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Arnaut Daniel was a twelfth-century poet from the Provencal region of what is now France. A nobleman and a traveling troubadour, he is considered the inventor of the sestina form.

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translated by Ezra Pound

The firm wishing that gets ingress
To my heart fears no cad's beak or nail-tip
Of cad who by false speech doth lose his soul's hope,
And if I dare assail him not with bough or osier
On quiet I, where one admits no