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Hedge, That Divides The Lovely by Torquato Tasso

Hedge, That Divides The Lovely by Torquato Tasso

Hedge, that divides the lovelyGarden, and myself from me,Never in you so fair a rose I seeAs she who is my lady,Loving, sweet and holy:Who as I stretch my hand to youPresses it, ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 01 – Part 05 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 01 – Part 05 by Torquato Tasso

LVIGuascher and Raiphe in valor like there was.The one and other Guido, famous both,Germer and Eberard to overpass,In foul oblivion would my Muse be loth,With his Gildippes dear, ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 03 – Part 02 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 03 – Part 02 by Torquato Tasso

XVISoon was the prey out of their hands recovered,By step and step the Frenchmen gan retire,Till on a little hill at last they hovered,Whose strength preserved them from ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 04 – Part 03 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 04 – Part 03 by Torquato Tasso

XXXIIIThus passed she, praised, wished, and wondered at,Among the troops who there encamped lay,She smiled for, but well dissembled that,Her greedy eye chose out her wished ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 04 – Part 05 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 04 – Part 05 by Torquato Tasso

LXIV'For lo a knight, that had a gate to ward,A man of chiefest trust about his king,Hath promised so to beguile the guardThat me and mine he undertakes to bringSafe, where the ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 04 – Part 02 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 04 – Part 02 by Torquato Tasso

XVII'Among the knights and worthies of their train,Let some like outlaws wander uncouth ways,Let some be slain in field, let some againMake oracles of women's yeas and nays,And ...

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O You, Far Colder, Whiter by Torquato Tasso

O You, Far Colder, Whiter by Torquato Tasso

O you, far colder, whiterThan she who makes less fairThe stars with shining there: Her purest silver cannot dimNor any cloud, or rain or wind,Your sweet brightness, lovely ...

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To The Duchess Of Ferrara by Torquato Tasso

To The Duchess Of Ferrara by Torquato Tasso

Royal bride, see the time advanceThat calls true lovers to the dance,To charm the clear and frosty nights,Beneath the soft and pleasing lights.Now a young girl dares to ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 02 – Part 02 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 02 – Part 02 by Torquato Tasso

XIBut when the angry king discovered notWhat guilty hand this sacrilege had wrought,His ireful courage boiled in vengeance hotAgainst the Christians, whom he faulters thought;All ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 01 – Part 01 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 01 – Part 01 by Torquato Tasso

THE ARGUMENT.God sends his angel to Tortosa down,Godfrey unites the Christian Peers and Knights;And all the Lords and Princes of renownChoose him their Duke, to rule the wares and ...

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Once We Were Happy by Torquato Tasso

Once We Were Happy by Torquato Tasso

Once we were happy, ILoving and beloved,You loved and loving, sweetly moved.Then you became the enemyOf love, and I to disdainFound youthful passion change.Disdain demands I ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 04 – Part 06 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 04 – Part 06 by Torquato Tasso

LXXXI'Ah! be it not pardie declared in France,Or elsewhere told where courtesy is in prize,That we forsook so fair a chevisance,For or that might from fight arise;Else, here ...

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Ecco Mormorar L’Onde (Now The Waves Murmur) by Torquato Tasso

Ecco Mormorar L’Onde (Now The Waves Murmur) by Torquato Tasso

Ecco mormorar l'onde,E tremolar le frondeA l'aura mattutina, e gli arboscelli,E sovra i verdi rami i vaghi augelliCantar soavemente,E rider l'Oriente;Ecco già l'alba appare,E si ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 02 – Part 07 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 02 – Part 07 by Torquato Tasso

LXXXVI"But if our sins us of his help deprive,Of his high justice let no mercy fall;Yet should our deaths us some contentment give,To die, where Christ received his burial,So ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 02 – Part 06 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 02 – Part 06 by Torquato Tasso

LXVI"True labour in the vineyard of thy Lord,Ere prime thou hast the imposed day-work done,What armies conquered, perished with thy sword?What cities sacked? what kingdoms hast ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 01 – Part 03 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 01 – Part 03 by Torquato Tasso

XXVI"Turks, Persians conquered, Antiochia won,Be glorious acts, and full of glorious praise,By Heaven's mere grace, not by our prowess done:Those conquests were achieved by ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 04 – Part 04 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 04 – Part 04 by Torquato Tasso

XLIX'Three times the shape of my dear mother came,Pale, sad, dismayed, to warn me in my,Alas, how far from the sameWhose eyes shone erst like Titan's glorious beam:`Daughter,' she ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 05 – Part 05 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 05 – Part 05 by Torquato Tasso

LXVBut yet all ways the wily witch could findCould not Tancredi's heart to loveward move,His sails were filled with another wind,He list no blast of new affection prove;For, as ...

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Life Of My Life, You Seem To Me by Torquato Tasso

Life Of My Life, You Seem To Me by Torquato Tasso

Life of my life, you seem to meLike some pallid olive treeOr the faded rose I see:Nor do you lack beauty,But pleasing in every way to me,In shyness or in flattery,Whether you ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 05 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 05 by Torquato Tasso

LVIIHe honored her, served her, and leave her gave,And willed her go whither and when she list,Her gold and jewels had he care to save,And them restored all, she nothing ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 03 – Part 04 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 03 – Part 04 by Torquato Tasso

XLVIThree times he strove to view Heaven's golden ray,And raised him on his feeble elbow thrice,And thrice he tumbled on the lowly lay,And three times closed again his dying ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 04 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 04 by Torquato Tasso

XLIIIThe Pagan ill defenced with sword or targe,Tancredi's thigh, as he supposed, espiedAnd reaching forth gainst it his weapon large,Quite naked to his foe leaves his ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 02 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 02 by Torquato Tasso

XV'Say that a knight, who holds in great disdainTo be thus closed up in secret new,Will with his sword in open field maintain,If any dare deny his words for true,That no devotion, ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 06 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 06 by Torquato Tasso

LXXI'O spotless virgin,' Honor thus began,'That my true lore observed firmly hast,When with thy foes thou didst in bondage won,Remember then I kept thee pure and chaste,At liberty ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 03 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 03 by Torquato Tasso

XXIXThis youth was one of those, who late desiredWith that vain-glorious boaster to have fought,But Tancred chosen, he and all retired;Now when his slackness he awhile admired,And ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 07 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 07 by Torquato Tasso

LXXXV'Or else my tender bosom opened wide,And heart though pierced with his cruel blade,The bloody weapon in my wounded sideMight cure the wound which love before had made;Then ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 08 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 06 – Part 08 by Torquato Tasso

XCIX'Thou must,' quoth she, 'be mine ambassador,Be wise, be careful, true, and diligent,Go to the camp, present thyself beforeThe Prince Tancredi, wounded in his tent;Tell him thy ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 02 – Part 03 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 02 – Part 03 by Torquato Tasso

XXIIt was amazement, wonder and delight,Although not love, that moved his cruel sense;"Tell on," quoth he, "unfold the chance aright,Thy people's lives I grant for ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 02 – Part 01 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 02 – Part 01 by Torquato Tasso

THE ARGUMENT.Ismeno conjures, but his charms are vain;Aladine will kill the Christians in his ire:Sophronia and Olindo would be slainTo save the rest, the King grants their ...

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To His Mistress In Absence by Torquato Tasso

To His Mistress In Absence by Torquato Tasso

FAR from thy dearest self, the scopeOf all my aims,I waste in secret flames;And only live because I hope.O when will Fate restoreThe joys, in whose bright fireMy expectation shall ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 03 – Part 01 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 03 – Part 01 by Torquato Tasso

THE ARGUMENT.The camp at great Jerusalem arrives:Clorinda gives them battle, in the breastOf fair Erminia Tancred's love revives,He jousts with her unknown whom he loved ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 05 – Part 01 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 05 – Part 01 by Torquato Tasso

THE ARGUMENT.Gernando scorns Rinaldo should aspireTo rule that charge for which he seeks and strives,And slanders him so far, that in his ireThe wronged knight his foe of life ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 03 – Part 05 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 03 – Part 05 by Torquato Tasso

LXI"Presages, ah too true:" with that a spaceHe sighed for grief, then said, "Fain would I knowThe man in red, with such a knightly grace,A worthy lord he seemeth by his show,How ...

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What Weeping, Or What Dewfall, by Torquato Tasso

What Weeping, Or What Dewfall, by Torquato Tasso

What weeping, or what dewfall,Whose then were those tears, Flung from night’s cloak, I saw,And the white face of the stars?Why was the white moon sowingA pure cloud’s crystal ...

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Jerusalem Delivered – Book 05 – Part 02 by Torquato Tasso

Jerusalem Delivered – Book 05 – Part 02 by Torquato Tasso

XVIIThis barbarous prince, who only vainly That in wealth and kingly power doth lie,And in respect esteemed all naughtUnless it were adorned with titles high,Could not endure, ...

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