I Canzoniere #4 by Petrarch

Painting of Petrarch
Painting of Petrach (Francesco Petrarca, courtesy of Wikipedia.

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Petrarch on The Daily Sonnet

This is Sonnet #4, translated by A.S. Kline

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What infinite providence and art
He showed in his wonderful mastery,
who created this and the other hemisphere,
and Jupiter far gentler than Mars,

descending to earth to illuminate the page
which had for many years concealed the truth,
taking John from the nets, and Peter,
and making them part of heaven’s kingdom.

It did not please him to be born in Rome,
but in Judea: to exalt humility
to such a supreme state always pleases him;

and now from a little village a sun is given,
such that the place, and nature, praise themselves,
out of which so lovely a lady is born to the world.