Michelangelo - Sonnet XXXIII - In order that your beauties may endure
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Michelangelo – Sonnets [translated by Elizabeth Jennings]
In order that your beauties may endure
And triumph over time which takes away,
I hope that nature may again restore
All that slips slowly from you day by day.
And may these things be handed over to
A happier life and fate. Thus in the place
Of attributes that brought such pain to you,
May there shine forth a peaceful, heavenly grace.
Willing I am that heaven should keep my sighs
And hoard my scattered tears to hand them over
To him who loves the one that I have loved.
Thus in another age the man who tries
To win her may by my sharp grief be moved
And in my loss a greater strength discover.