As your mind won't maintain the smallest lie,

As your mind won't maintain the smallest lie,
as eternal truths enrich and sustain
its inmost recesses where you preserve
a true picture of how this world began,

perhaps, driven by an eager burning
passion--like that of young lovers who want
always to have more, never tire of
each another--you'll welcome this familiar

image; so I thought, as your new mother,
humble servant, I'd send you a drawing
of what a Master created in you,

and let me add please don't be troubled if
this in part resembles the picture you're
always aiming nobly to imitate.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V CCV:365. See also B S1:142:156; No MSs; Valgrisi 143. Translation: Jerrold 132 (as to Michelangelo). It is to Reginald Pole; in Valgrisi it is 3rd in a series of 4 poems, one of which is to Frederigo Fregoso. She sent a drawing of Christ to Michelangelo, but the attributed high learng, the tone, the details suggest this older churchly man. I suggest VC sent an image to Michelangelo; she then sent the image he made to Pole (between 1531-1541) Key

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