Love and the Gentle Heart by Dante Alighieri
Love and the gentle heart are one thing,
just as the poet says in his verse,
each from the other one as well divorced
as reason from the mindâ€™s reasoning.
Nature craves love, and then creates love king,
and makes the heart a palace where heâ€™ll stay,
perhaps a shorter or a longer day,
breathing quietly, gently slumbering.
Then beauty in a virtuous womanâ€™s face
makes the eyes yearn, and strikes the heart,
so that the eyesâ€™ desireâ€™s reborn again,
and often, rooting there with longing, stays,
Till love, at last, out of its dreaming starts.
Womanâ€™s moved likewise by a virtuous man.