Death has already taken so many

Death has already taken so many
from me, minds who made me see this shadow
of a world as bright and good; voracious,
all envy, she takes those we treasure first;

now he's with the blest and their deep rare joy
blots out all but the Sun, good Pompeo
who taught one how to free the heart, to chase
away sad low thoughts and this world's troubles.

The other Colonna, steadfast, have done
all that honorable courage can do
when it's set upon, driven by painful

hard labor. But he, ever avid for
victory over the world and himself,
earned Peter's holy keys to paradise.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V VI:392. See also B E8:207; MSs L, CASI, RA. Translations: Roscoe 345; McAuliffe 201. On the death of Pompeo Colonna (June 28, 1532) with whom she had been very close. See Jerrold, pp. 47ff. Key

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