Italian Love Poems
Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare / So gentle and virtuous she appears


Original Version in Italian
Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare

Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare
la donna mia, quand'ella altrui saluta,
ch'ogne lingua devèn,
tremando, muta,
e li occhi no l'ardiscon di guardare.

Ella si va,
sentendosi laudare,
benignamente d'umiltà vestuta,
e par che
sia una cosa venuta
da cielo in terra
a miracol mostrare.

(More : Love Poems In Spanish)

Mostrasi sì piacente
a chi la mira
che dà per li occhi
una dolcezza al core,
che 'ntender no la può
chi no la prova;

e par che de la sua labbia si mova
un spirito soave pien d'amore,
che va dicendo a l'anima: Sospira.

By Dante Alighieri


English Translation
So gentle and virtuous she appears

So gentle and virtuous she appears,
My Lady, when she greets others,
That every tongue
trembles in silence,
And eyes do not dare gaze upon her.

She passes by,
hearing herself praised,
Benignly clothed with humility,
And it it seems that
something has arrived
From heaven to earth
to show forth a miracle.

She appears so pleasant
to those who looks upon her,
That she reveals through her eyes
a sweetness to the heart,
Which cannot be understood
by those who does not feel it;

(More : French Love Poems)

And it appears that from her lip emanates
A tender spirit full of love,
Which says to the soul: "Sigh."

By Dante Alighieri


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