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First Line: Beyond the sphere enfolding all the spheres
Last Line: I understand full well, o ladies dear!
Alternate Author Name(s): Dante; Alighieri, Dante

BEYOND the sphere enfolding all the spheres
Passeth the sigh that in my heart doth rise,
And a new wisdom learns from Love in tears,
By which he may attain unto the skies.
When he hath reached the bourn of his desire
Of lady throned in glory he hath sight,
To whom his pilgrim spirit doth aspire,
She shineth with so wonderful a light;
On seeing her thus and telling it to me,
His accents are too subtle to bear sense
Unto the sorrowful heart that yearns to hear;
Yet often of my gentle one doth he
Hold converse, often naming Beatrice, whence
I understand full well, O ladies dear!

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