Saturday, 17 January 2015

The Forest Of Ardennes - Petrarch

Amid the wildwood's lone and difficult ways,
Where travel at great risk e'en men in arms,
I pass secure, — for only me alarms
That sun which darts of living love the rays,
Singing fond thoughts in simple lays to her
Whom time and space so little hide from me.
E'en here her form, nor hers alone, I see,
But maids and matrons in each beech and fir.
Methinks I hear her where the bird's soft moan,
The sighing leaves, I hear, or through the dell
Where its bright lapse some murmuring rill pursues.
Rarely of shadowing wood the silence lone,
The solitary horror, pleased so well,
Except that of my sun too much I lose.

Petrarch, or Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374) Italy

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