Every Conception That A Man Can Find/ Michelangelo Buonarroti

Every Conception That A Man Can Find

      Every conception that a man can find

is in the stone itself, already there

concealed in excess, but will still require

a hand to free it that obeys the mind.

And you, like marble, lady without peer,

hold possibilities of every kind;

you hold the good I want and pain I fear,

though I effect the opposite of my design.

I won't claim Love's to blame for this, or Chance,

or fault your beauty or demanding will,

or blame unequal birth and circumstance;

I'll say that mercy and annihilation both

were waiting in your heart, and there my skill

cannot discover anything but death.