La Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri is a text published in 1295. It is an expression of the medieval genre of courtly love in a prosimetrum style, a combination of both prose and verse. Besides its content, it is notable for being written in Italian, rather than Latin; with Dante’s other works, it helped to establish the Tuscan dialect as the standard for the Italian language.
The painting, based on the prose is called “Dante and Beatrice” (Beatrice is in white) is by Henry Holiday done in 1883 as a part of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
I felt awoken in my heart
a loving spirit that was sleeping;
and then I saw Love coming from far away
so glad, I could just recognize.
saying “you think you can honor me”,
and with each word laughing.
And little being with me my lord,
watching the way it came from,
I saw lady Joan and lady Bice
coming towards the spot I was at,
one wonder past another wonder.
And as my mind keeps telling me,
Love said to me “She is Spring who springs first,
and that bears the name Love, who resembles me.
The song Vida Cor Meum is a part of the La Vita Nuova text sung in Italian.