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Dawn in Arquà
Dawn in Arquà

Inscribed to the memory of Petrarca
Obiit July 18, 1374

Sick of mere Fame, and of Rome's Laureate leaf
His Latin Epic brougt him, up he went
To steep Arqueto, where he found content
Among the Euganean Hills - alas, too brief!

His was an irremediable grief:
That heart so loved, that head so opulent
Of gold, were long since dust ... Silent he bent
Above those Sonnets in that Golden Sheaf.

Far into midnight, lone he sat, and read
The Rimè once again - oh, bitterest tears
By age, for love all unrequited, shed! -

Then in that volume slowly sank his head;
Thus, in the mountain cottage, bowed with years,
Ar early morn they found him, cold and dead.

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