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First Line: Tis not to honor thee by verse of mine
Last Line: Which lives within thee, sole, and free of all.
Subject(s): Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)


'T is not to honor thee by verse of mine
I bear a record of thy wondrous power;
Thou stand'st alone, and needest not to shine
With borrowed lustre: for the light is thine
Which no man giveth; and, though comets lower
Portentous round thy sphere, thou still art bright;
Though many a satellite about thee fall,
Leaving their stations merged in trackless night,
Yet take not they from that supernal light
Which lives within thee, sole, and free of all.






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