The motives that so very long ago

The motives that so very long ago
made all my thoughts flee to my beloved
should now lead me back from delusions to
reality, to the rank I escaped.

They made a lovely, dense, mazy net twined
round my heart: my physical response to
him was not na´ve nor shallow. Thus death's blows
have not loosened the tie. Desire makes

me follow these burning lights, to scorn freedom--
in these dreams of him, in sweet hope, I pass
the bitter days. But if my hope's taken

from me, I tear myself apart: I know I should
change my ways--if it's not too late, appease
my God, resist passion, and clear my mind.
An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
Notes:
V XXIX:29. From B A1:66:36. See also R LXX:195. Key

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