Paolo and Francesca

The Legend

We two, who burned apart, now, wedded, claim

Each other in this desolating flame,

Which, fed by want of love, can never cease:

Would God, our hearts in ashes brought us peace.


A Different Ending

In that last moment, when we saw our souls

Spring from each other like the sundered poles,

The world went fuming from us, grace was great,

And in these loving fires we safely wait.