There is a Gentle Thought

Dante Alighieri 1265 (Florence) – 1321 (Ravenna)



There is a gentle thought that often springs
to life in me, because it speaks of you.
Its reasoning about love’s so sweet and true,
the heart is conquered, and accepts these things.
‘Who is this’ the mind enquires of the heart,
‘who comes here to seduce our intellect?
Is his power so great we must reject
every other intellectual art?
The heart replies ‘O, meditative mind
this is love’s messenger and newly sent
to bring me all Love’s words and desires.
His life, and all the strength that he can find,
from her sweet eyes are mercifully lent,
who feels compassion for our inner fires.’

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 29, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABBACDDCEFGEFG
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 599
Words 109
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 14

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