Michelangelo wrote over three hundred poems, sonnets and madrigals.
‘To the Supreme Being’ by: Michelangelo Buonarroti
The prayers I make will then be sweet indeed
If Thou the spirit give by which I pray
My unassisted heart is barren clay,
Which of its native self can nothing feed
Of good and pious works Thou art the seed,
Which quickens only where Thou say’st it may
Unless Thou show to us Thine own true way,
No man can find it: Father! Thou must lead.
Do Thou, then, breathe those thoughts into my mind
By which such virtue may in me be bred
That in Thy holy footsteps I may tread
The fetters of my tongue do Thou unbind,
That I may have the power to sing of Thee,
And sound Thy praises everlastingly.