Love And The Gentle Heart

Love and the gentle heart are one thing,
just as the poet says in his verse,
each from the other one as well divorced
as reason from the mind’s reasoning.

Nature craves love, and then creates love king,
and makes the heart a palace where he’ll stay,
perhaps a shorter or a longer day,
breathing quietly, gently slumbering.

Then beauty in a virtuous woman’s face
makes the eyes yearn, and strikes the heart,
so that the eyes’ desire’s reborn again,
and often, rooting there with longing, stays,

Till love, at last, out of its dreaming starts.
Woman’s moved likewise by a virtuous man.

by Dante Alighieri

Comments (12)

Such an exquisite sentiment yet you opted to have it read by a computerized lifeless voice. How sad...
Loved the comments of @John McPartlan and @Bulbul Islam. Quite agree to those.
Love and a gentle heart are like a container and the content. A gentle heart is the natural abode of love. Loved this philosophical poem. 'Virtuous man' - the last two words are so apt to the context!
wisely written- Love and the gentle heart are one thing ... Till love, at last, out of its dreaming starts. Woman’s moved likewise by a virtuous man /// like it
Only gentle heart will nurture great love, nicely written.
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