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SONNET TO GUIDO CAVALCANTI, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Guido, I would that lapo, thou, and I
Last Line: As I believe that thou and I should be.
Alternate Author Name(s): Dante; Alighieri, Dante
Subject(s): Cavalcanti, Guido (1255-1300); Italian Renaissance; Wishes

Guido, I would that Lapo, thou, and I,
Led by some strong enchantment, might ascend
A magic ship, whose charmed sails should fly
With winds at will where'er out thoughts might wend,
So that no change, nor any evil chance
Should mar our joyous voyage; but it might be
That even satiety should still enhance
Between our hearts their strict community:
And that the bounteous wizard then would place
Vanna and Bice and my gentle love
Companions of our wandering, and would grace
With passionate talk, wherever we might rove,
Our time, and each were as content and free
As I believe that thou and I should be.

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