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November 9, 2017

The sun appeared to linger long and low
Upon the Western sea of clouds that day,
And for a moment draw the soul away
To sacred places only spirits know—
Where from some source of beauty, seem to flow
Eternal mysteries of things unseen,
That somehow we can briefly glimp...

November 1, 2017

To Keats

If time must all accounts settle
And with all mortals seek requital
How should the earthly heaven afford
When in time death’s train all board?

Though born of an earthly lot
To what does man the Gods a lot?
Should we to heavenly aims aspire
To drink from the heav...

October 24, 2017

Behind the sparkling light in all men's eyes,

Across the wide arcade of twinkling skies

Lie the long hidden dreams of those who died,

Who knew their tears had not been vainly cried.

Their story goes like many who have gone,

And yet nameless still rings their clarion:

Like th...

October 15, 2017

Dante wrote a series of Canzoni (songs) entitled the Rime Petrose, the 'Stone Rhymes' about the illusive Stone Lady. Here is the first installment of those Stone Rhymes.

Io son venuto al punto de la rota

I’ve come to conjunction of the wheel,

Where the horizon meets the s...

October 14, 2017

Is man not the one who created wheat?

For what we call natural is hardly so – those things used by him – are far from spontaneous creations. Nor wheat, nor wine existed before man, the unknown genius, who selected and nurtured some few grains, some wild strain of grape.

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October 13, 2017

We are glad to announce a new project of fresh translations of Dante Alighieri's Canzoni (songs), the father of the Italian language and Italian Renaissance. They will now be regularly posted in installments on thechainedmuse.com.While there are many translations of Da...

October 12, 2017

Sometimes, when the light and the mists of the day

   Settle holy and soft on the edge of the night,

When the sights and the sounds of the world melt away,

    And the vision that lives in the soul takes flight,

      That feeling comes on I felt since I was...

September 27, 2017

Wa le ghalib il Allah (God is the only victor)

                     -Muhamed Ibn-l-Ahmar, founder of the Alhambra Palace

He rides through the night time cooled Sierra,

Beneath...

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