Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONNET, by CECCO ANGIOLIERI DA SIENA



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First Line: If I were fire, I'd burn the world; if wind
Last Line: Leaving the old and ugly to another.


IF I were fire, I'd burn the world; if wind,
Around about it furiously I'd blow;
If water, drowning it would suit my mind;
If God, then I'd dispatch it straight below;
If I were pope, I'd have a bit of fun
By setting Christians one against another;
If emp'ror, well, what think ye I'd have done?
All heads chopped off, and so an end to bother!
I would go seek my father were I death;
But were I life from him I'd flee away;
And I'd behave the same towards my mother;
If Cecco, as I am and draw my breath,
I'd choose such ladies as are young and gay,
Leaving the old and ugly to another.





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