Who knew love in Portugal better than Luís Vaz de Camões (1524 to June 10, 1580). The true power of his command of Portuguese is unequalled, and this is considered one of his most moving love poems, Alma Minha Gentil
Soul of mine, genteel, who has departed
Too soon from this life, discontented
Rest in heaven eternally
While I remain here, forever saddened.
If there in the ethereal place that you have gone
Memories of this life are allowed,
Do not forget that ardent love
You always saw so pure in my eyes.
And if you judge there might be worthy of you,
Some small bit of this pain that I am left with,
Of the pain with out remedy of losing you
Prey to God, who cut short your life,
To take me quickly to see you,
As quick as from my sight he took you.