Francesco Maria Molza

Italian poet

Francesco Molza (born 18 June 1489 in Modena; died 28 February 1544 in Modena) was an Italian poet of the Renaissance.


  • (Ma) bene a forza il caro e dolce riso
    Scoprir il Paradiso
    E far lieta fortuna d’atra e dura.
    • Translation: Yet will the loved one’s gentle smile suffice
      To ope the door of Paradise,
      And turn to joy our dark and cruel lot.
    • Canzone IV. Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 256.
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