YE LOVERS WEEP, FOR LOVE HIMSELF DOTH WEEP
by: Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
- e lovers weep, for Love himself doth weep,
- When you shall hear the cause whence flow his tears;
- Love feels the piteous claim of ladies' moan,
- Whose eyes declare the bitterness of grief;
- For the rude hand of Death has done a deed
- Of cruelty upon a gentle heart;
- Destroying all that merits the world's praise
- In gentle lady, save her honoured fame.
- Hear now what honour she received from Love;
- I saw him in his very person mourn
- O'er the dead image of her loveliness;
- And oft he cast a wistful look to heaven,
- Where then the gentle spirit was at rest,
- That lady was of countenance so gay.
POEMS BY DANTE ALIGHIERI
|"Ye Lovers Weep, for Love Himself Doth Weep" is reprinted from The Lyrical Poems of Dante Alighieri. Translated by Charles Lyell. London: William Smith, 1845.