restricted access Jean-Antoine de Baïf
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58 French Jean-Antoine de Baïf (1532–89) Dedication of a Mirror to Venus I, that for letting a smile’s favor Loose from my youth in a light hour Would with suitors’ press and fervor Find my doorway darkened over, Now to Venus, for her to keep, The promised mirror tender up, For the shape which of late I wear Is such as will not bear review And the face once this surface knew Stirs no such shadows any more. W. S. Merwin, 1949 ...