Saturday, September 4

intelletto d'amore

Within the gentle heart Love shelters him
As birds within the green shade of the grove.
Before the gentle heart, in nature's scheme,
Love was not, nor the gentle heart ere Love.
For with the sun, at once,
So sprang the light immediately; nor was
Its birth before the sun's.

-- Guido Guinicelli
Translated by D.G. Rossetti Dante and His Circle