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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
Thanks for a Gift
By Michelangelo (1475–1564)
 
Translated by John Addington Symonds

THE SUGAR, candles, and the saddled mule,
  Together with your cask of malvoisie,
  So far exceed all my necessity
  That Michael and not I my debt must rule.
In such a glassy calm the breezes fool        5
  My sinking sails, so that amid the sea
  My bark hath missed her way, and seems to be
  A wisp of straw whirled on a weltering pool.
To yield thee gift for gift and grace for grace,
  For food and drink and carriage to and fro,        10
  For all my need in every time and place,
O my dear lord, matched with the much I owe,
  All that I am were no real recompense:
  Paying a debt is not munificence.
 
 
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