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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
Love and Lapo
By Guido Cavalcanti (1255–1300)
 
Translated by Warburton Pike

IF you, my Dante (this I pray
  You much), see Love with Lapo near,
  Take heed, and then if Love you hear
  Call Lapo lover, write and say;—
And tell me, if his lady’s sway        5
  Seem kind, and he in guise appear
  Of gallant, since such folk, I fear,
  When tired of work, at loving play!
You know, when in his court Love reigns
  No one can serve, but he who’s true,        10
  A lady who is wandering there;—
And if his patience favour gains,
  The marks of that are known to you,
  Your style, and mine, the emblems bear.
 
 
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