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MADRIGAL: TO HIS LADY SELVAGGIA VERGIOLESI, by            
First Line: I am all bent to glean the golden ore
Last Line: Than gold out of that stream.
Alternate Author Name(s): Sinibaldi, Guittoncino Dei
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


I AM all bent to glean the golden ore
Little by little from the river-bed;
Hoping the day to see
When Crœsus shall be conquered in my store.
Therefore, still sifting where the sands are spread,
I labor patiently:
Till, thus intent on this thing and no more,—
If to a vein of silver I were led,
It scarce could gladden me.
And, seeing that no joy's so warm i' the core
As this whereby the heart is comforted
And the desire set free,—
Therefore, thy bitter love is still my scope,
Lady, from whom it is my life's sore theme
More painfully to sift the grains of hope
Than gold out of that stream.





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