O YE WHO WANDER IN THE PATH OF LOVE
by: Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
- YE who wander in the path of Love,
- Attend to me and see,
- If there be any sorrow great as mine;
- I pray you but to hear me patiently,
- And then think whether I
- Of every torment am the abode and key.
- Love, not through merit of my slender worth,
- But through his nobleness,
- Had placed me in a life so calm and sweet,
- That oft I heard behind me voices say,
- Tell me the mighty worth
- Entitles this man to a heart so light.
- Now have I wholly lost the spirit bold
- That from the fountain of Love's treasure flow'd,
- Whence I am left so poor,
- I tremble to give utterance to thought;
- So that, endeavouring to do like those
- Who strive to hide their penury through shame,
- I wear a face of joy,
- And inwardly at heart I pine and mourn.
POEMS BY DANTE ALIGHIERI
|"O Ye Who Wander in the Path of Love" is reprinted from The Lyrical Poems of Dante Alighieri. Translated by Charles Lyell. London: William Smith, 1845.