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Michelangelo - Sonnet XXI - To others merciful and only to itself unkind

Identifier

024466

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Michelangelo – Sonnets [translated by Elizabeth Jennings]

Sonnet XXI

To others merciful and only to
Itself unkind, this lowly creature who
Sloughs off its skin in pain that it may give
Pleasure to others, dies that they may live.

So do I long for such a destiny -
That from my death, my Lord, you might alone
Take life; then by my death I too might be
Changed like the worm which casts its skin on stone.

For if that skin were mine I could at least
Be woven in a gown to clasp that breast,
And so embrace the beauty which I crave.

Then would I gladly die. Or could I save
My Lord's feet from the rain by being shoes
Upon his feet - this also would I choose.

The source of the experience

Michelangelo

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Destiny
Rebirth

Symbols

Serpent
Shoes

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

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