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FIAMMETTA: SONNET. TO DANTE IN PARADISE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dante, if thou within the sphere of love
Last Line: Until I reach her and am comforted.
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)


Dante, if thou within the sphere of Love,
As I believe, remain'st contemplating
Beautiful Beatrice, whom thou didst sing
Erewhile, and so wast drawn to her above; --
Unless from false life true life thee remove
So far that Love's forgotten, let me bring
One prayer before thee: for an easy thing
This were, to thee whom I do ask it of.
I know that where all joy doth most abound
In the Third Heaven, my own Fiammetta sees
The grief which I have borne since she is dead.
O pray her (if mine image be not drowned
In Lethe) that her prayers may never cease
Until I reach her and am comforted.





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