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Benvenuto Cellini (1500–1571).  Autobiography.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Introductory Sonnet
 
 
    THIS tale of my sore-troubled life I write,
    To thank the God of nature, who conveyed
    My soul to me, and with such care hath stayed
    That divers noble deeds I’ve brought to light.
’Twas He subdued my cruel fortune’s spite:        5
    Life glory virtue measureless hath made
    Such grace worth beauty be through me displayed
    That few can rival, none surpass me quite.
Only it grieves me when I understand
    What precious time in vanity I’ve spent—        10
    The wind it beareth man’s frail thoughts away.
Yet, since remorse avails not, I’m content,
    As erst I came, WELCOME to go one day,
    Here in the Flower of this fair Tuscan land.
 

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