Dante Alighieri

(1265 - 1321 / Florence / Italy)

There Is A Gentle Thought - Poem by Dante Alighieri


There is a gentle thought that often springs
to life in me, because it speaks of you.
Its reasoning about love’s so sweet and true,
the heart is conquered, and accepts these things.
‘Who is this’ the mind enquires of the heart,
‘who comes here to seduce our intellect?
Is his power so great we must reject
every other intellectual art?
The heart replies ‘O, meditative mind
this is love’s messenger and newly sent
to bring me all Love’s words and desires.
His life, and all the strength that he can find,
from her sweet eyes are mercifully lent,
who feels compassion for our inner fires.’

Comments about There Is A Gentle Thought by Dante Alighieri

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (6/18/2016 3:40:00 PM)

    A gentle n thoughtful poem. indeed. (Report) Reply

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  • (1/9/2016 2:27:00 PM)

    he can relate what is she
    for him... must be good
    connection...that's nice
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  • (1/9/2016 4:05:00 AM)

    Beautiful gentle thoughts expressed through a eually beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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