HAPPY BIRTHDAY Michelangelo!
Today we celebrate the birthday of Michelangelo. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered to be the greatest living artist during his lifetime, he has since been described as one of the greatest artists of all time.
Some of his well-known artwork include The Creation of Adam, Madonna and Child, Sistine Chapel ceiling, The Statue of David, Michelangelo’s Pietà, and St Peter’s Basilica. In honor of Michelangelo’s birthday, we present one of his famous poems, Love’s Justification.
Yes! hope may with my strong desire keep pace,
And I be undeluded, unbetrayed:
For if of our affections none find grace
In sight of Heaven, then wherefore hath God made
The world which we inhabit? Better plea
Love cannot have, than that in loving thee
Glory to that eternal peace is paid,
Who such divinity to thee imparts
As hallows and makes pure all gentle hearts.
His hope is treacherous only whose love dies
With beauty, which is varying every hour;
But, in chaste hearts uninfluenced by the power
Of outward change, there blooms a deathless flower,
That breathes on earth the air of paradise.
Translation of “Love’s Justification” was composed by William Wordsworth (1770-1850).