Società Dantesca Italiana
Consultazione opere
a cura del comitato scientifico della SDI

      confronta con ed. Contini
  
  
  
Fiore - tr. Casciani-Kleinhenz - I

With his bow the God of Love pierced me
while I was gazing at a Flower that pleased me,
the Flower that Lady Courtesy had planted
in the garden of Pleasure. Love came
so quickly that it seemed to me he flew,
and said: “I have you in my power.”
Then as was his pleasure, and no desire of mine,
he wounded me with five arrows.
The first, named Beauty, passed my eyes
and transfixed my heart; the second, Angel-Like,
gave me a bitter chill;
the third without doubt was Courtesy;
the fourth, Social Grace, caused pain;
the fifth is called Good Hope.