a collection of literature from poets, bards, songwriters, and skalds in the SCA

Sonette I

Poem (Canso): 

Pleading for love’s kind glance is but my goal,
To feel virtuous joy from beauty’s face
And eke to win true love in pity’s place,
Might she and I complete the other’s soul.
Should I experience this bliss most whole,
Desire I then to fill all paper’d space
With witness to all of my unmatch’d case,
So that others might then seek such a role,
To feel pure love and its sweet charity.
Hope I she grants this unworthiest wight
That love, that joy, that most divine beauty,
Which glows unceasing with her clearest light.
I ache to win her gaze, but more to share
The love she sparks in me, and eke the care.