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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR IN ITALY, 1837

XXI. AT FLORENCE--FROM MICHAEL ANGELO

          RAPT above earth by power of one fair face,
          Hers in whose sway alone my heart delights,
          I mingle with the blest on those pure heights
          Where Man, yet mortal, rarely finds a place.
          With Him who made the Work that Work accords
          So well, that by its help and through his grace
          I raise my thoughts, inform my deeds and words,
          Clasping her beauty in my soul's embrace.
          Thus, if from two fair eyes mine cannot turn,
          I feel how in their presence doth abide                     10
          Light which to God is both the way and guide;
          And, kindling at their lustre, if I burn,
          My noble fire emits the joyful ray
          That through the realms of glory shines for aye.


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