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Ballata, i' voi che tu ritrovi Amore, e con lui vade a madonna davante, sl che la scusa mia, la qual tu cante, ragioni poi con lei 10 mio segnore. Tu vai, ballata, sl cortesemente, che sanza compagnia dovresti avere in tutte parti ardire; ma se tu vuoli andar sicuramente, retrova l'Amor pria, cM forse non ebon sanza lui gire; pero che quella che ti dee audire, SI com'io credo, ever di me adirata: se tu di lui non fossi accompagnata, leggeramente ti faria dimore. Con dolze sono, quando se' con lui, comincia este parole, appresso che averai chesta pietate: "Madonna, quelli che mi manda a vui, quando vi piaccia, vole, sed elli ha scusa, che la m'intendiate.

Love and the gracious heart are a single thing, as Guinizelli tells us in his poem: The New Life 37 one can no more be without the other than can the reasoning mind without its reason. Nature, when in a loving mood, creates them: Love to be king, the heart to be his home, a place for Love to rest while he is sleeping, perhaps for just a while, or for much longer. And then the beauty of a virtuous lady appears, to please the eyes, and in the heart desire for the pleasing thing is born; and this desire may linger in the heart until Love's spirit is aroused from sleep.

Lascia piangere noi e triste andare (e fa peccato chi mai ne conforta) , che nel suo pianto l'udimmo parlare. Ell' ha nel viso la pieta sl scorta, che quall'avesse voluta mirare sarebbe innanzi lei piangendo morta. This sonnet has four parts according to the four responses of the ladies for whom I speak, and since they are made evident The New Life 43 enough in the sonnet, I do not bother to explain the meaning of the parts: I merely indicate where they occur. The second begins: Why do you weep, the third: Leave grief to us, the fourth: Her face proclaims.

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