III.

Three great works fill the remainder of his life
Three works often interuppted,
carried on through a thousand hesitations,
A thousand disappointments,
Quarrels with his patrons,
Quarrels with his family,
Quarrels perhaps most of all
with himself—


Excerpt from
The Studies in the History of the Renaissance, WALTER PATER (1839-1894)
On The Poetry of Michelangelo, relineated as free-verse poem.