A Loving Belief

Painting by Gabryel Harrison

Painting by Gabryel Harrison

Sonnet CCXXIV

by Petrarch

If a loving belief, an artless heart,

A soft abandon, a courteous desire,

If honest wishes which a pure fire start,

An endless erring through a blind empire,

If on my forehead every thought revealed,

Or in some words broken as soon as heard,

And now by fear and now by shame repealed,

If in violet and love my face interred,

If holding someone else more than self dear,

Ever weeping and sighing without rest,

Feeding on grief, on anger, and torment,

If burning when away and freezing near,

Are the causes why loving I am distressed,

Yours the sin, Lady, mine the punishment.

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