At every hour I seem to hear
the messenger she sends to me,
and so I change incessantly,
diminished by each passing year
as my reflection turns unclear;
I spurn the way I used to be.
I long to know when I’ll be free
although that moment should be near.
How joyous it will be to fly
from earthbound jails and scatter frail
and mortal tatters from above,
and then to part the gloom and sail
into serene resplendent sky
to see my Lord and my one love!
(translated from the Italian of Petrarch)