From The Sonnets of Michelangelo
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I wish, God, for some end I do not will.
Between the fire and heart a veil of ice
Puts out the fire. My pen will not move well,
So that the sheet on which Iím working lies.
I pay you mere lip-service, then I grieve;
Love does not reach my heart, I do not know
How to admit that grace which would relieve
My state and crush the arrogance I show.
Oh tear away that veil, God, break that wall
Which with its strength refuses to let in
The sun whose light has vanished from the world.
Send down the promised light to bless and hold
Your lovely bride. So may I seek for all
I need in you, both end there and begin.
Published Fri 26th Jul 2013 11:12:29