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The Symbolism of Petrarch's Canzone to the Virgin
It has, so far as the writer knows, never been pointed out that Petrarch's magnificent invocation to the Virgin, in the high and solemn beauty of which the mystic and essentially mediaeval side of the poet's complex nature finds eloquent expression, contains the same symbolism as that on which the early Christian hymnists based their morning hymns; which forms the nucleus of the tenth century bilingual alba discovered by Johann Schmidt in the Vatican Library in 1881; and which was utilized bydoi:10.7916/d8pr7v6h fatcat:wxkm6u2vjrf3hert5pixeikvay