Michelangelo - Sonnet LXXII - Then let me see you everywhere I go
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Michelangelo – Sonnets [translated by Elizabeth Jennings]
Then let me see you everywhere I go.
If merely mortal beauty makes me burn,
How much more strongly shall I shine and glow
When to your fiery love at last I turn.
Dear God, I call and plead with you alone,
For only you can help my blinding pain;
You only have the power to sustain
My courage. I am helpless on my own.
This everlasting spirit, which you gave
To me on earth, is locked within a frail
Body and doomed to an unhappy fate.
What can I do? Myself I cannot save;
Without your strength I certainly shall fail.
Only divine power can improve my state.