Feathered Sculpture - Virgil A. Walker

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Gentle Heart

Turkey, pheasant, chicken

Within the gentle heart Love shelters himself,
As birds within the green shard of the grove.
Before the gentle heart, in natureís scheme,
Love was not, nor the gentle heart ere Love.
For with the sun, at once,
So sprang the light immediately; nor was
Itís birth before the sunís.
And Love hath his effect in gentleness
Of very self; even as
Within the middle fire the heatís excess.


Guido Guinicelli di Magnano (1230Ė75?), Of the Gentle Heart,

Translation by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Dante and his Circle


   Photo:  Mark Miskill

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