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Marceline Desbordes-Valmore – Fu un giorno / Such a day

Alphonse Legros, Cupid and Psyche, 1867 Such a  day! Alike this beautiful day, when love, to lose everything, flared up. Such a day of heavenly charity when eternity walks in the blue air, when earth plays and feel younger again,  free from its tiring weight. It was everywhere as a motherly kiss; a long dream …

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John Donne – The dream

Elisabetta Sirani, Love and Psyche, c.1650 Dear love, for nothing less than thee Would I have broke this happy dream;             It was a theme For reason, much too strong for fantasy, Therefore thou wak’d’st me wisely; yet My dream thou brok’st not, but continued’st it. Thou art so true that thoughts of thee suffice To make dreams truths, and fables histories; Enter these …

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