MY LADY CARRIES LOVE WITHIN HER EYES
by: Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
- Y lady carries
love within her eyes;
- All that she looks on is made pleasanter;
- Upon her path men turn to gaze at her;
- He whom she greeteth feels his heart to rise,
- And droops his troubled visage, full of sighs,
- And of his evil heart is then aware:
- Hate loves, and pride becomes a worshiper.
- O women, help to praise her in somewise.
- Humbleness, and the hope that hopeth well,
- By speech of hers into the mind are brought,
- And who beholds is blessèd oftenwhiles,
- The look she hath when she a little smiles
- Cannot be said, nor holden in the thought;
- 'Tis such a new and gracious miracle.
POEMS BY DANTE ALIGHIERI
"My lady carries love within
her eyes" was translated into English by D.G. Rossetti (1828-1882).