Once more Heaven renews the golden age

Once more Heaven renews the golden age,
one more decrees its decay--through your voice:
placed among us your beauty conquers two
realms--two victories are yours; and I make

but another Victoria--you are
the argument of your history, a
beautiful lady we bow to for poems
from a beautiful inner life engraved

on every memory. Bright spirit, you
dwell in an immortal temple; you turn
paper to marble, ink to gold--for truth

always compels praise. Death's jaws, time's wreckage
have bit but cannot take from you this rich
treasure, this poem shall live forever.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V I:138. See also B E13:209; R CXIIII:330. Translation: Stortoni & Lillie 73. Veronica Gambara answered VC's "Lasciar non posso" ("I can't let go the deeply-rooted faith") with the 2nd in her series, "O de la nostra etade unica gloria" ("Oh wise and charming lady, you cast a unique radiance across our age"; see Rizzardi, 2:2; Chiappeti 2:4). Key

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