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Then, as a horologe that calleth us

What time the Bride of God is rising up

With matins to her Spouse that he may love her, Wherein one part the other draws and urges,

Ting ! ting ! resounding with so sweet a note,

That swells with love the spirit well disposed, Thus I beheld the glorious wheel move round,

And render voice to voice, in modulation

And sweetness that can not be comprehended, Excepting there where joy is made eternal.


O Thou insensate care of mortal men,

How inconclusive are the syllogisms

That make thee beat thy wings in dowr.ward flight ! One after laws and one to aphorisms

Was going, and one following the priesthood,

And one to reign by force or sophistry, And one in theft, and one in state affairs,

One in the pleasures of the flesh involved

Wearied himself, one gave himself to ease ; When I, from all these things emancipate,

With Beatrice above there in the Heavens

With such exceeding glory was received ! When each one had returned unto that point

Within the circle where it was before,

It stood as in a candlestick a candle ; And from within the effulgence which at first

Had spoken unto me, I heard begin

Smiling while it more luminous became : “Even as I am kindled in its ray,

So, looking into the Eternal Light,

The occasion of thy thoughts I apprehend. Thou doubtest, and wouldst have me to resist

In language so extended and so open

My speech, that to thy sense it may be plain, Where just before I said, where well one fattens,'

And where I said, 'there never rose a second’;

And here 'tis needful we distinguish well.
The Providence, which governeth the world

With counsel, wherein all created vision
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(50 that towards her own Beloved might go

The bride of Him who, uttering a loud cry,

Espoused her with his consecrated blood, Self-confident and unto Him more faithful,)

Two Princes did ordain in her behoof,

Which on this side and that might be her guide. The one was all seraphical in ardour;

The other by his wisdom upon earth

A splendour was of light cherubical. One will I speak of, for of both is spoken

In praising one, whichever may be taken,

Because unto one end their labours were. Between Tupino and the stream that falls

Down from the hill elect of blessed Ubald,

A fertile slope of lofty mountain hangs, From which Perugia feels the cold and heat

Through Porta Sole, and behind it weep

Gualdo and Nocera their grievous yoke.
From out that slope, there where it breaketh most

Its steepness, rose upon the world a sun

As this one does sometimes from out the Ganges; Therefore let him who speaketh of that place,

Say not Ascesi, for he would say little,

But Orient, if he properly would speak. He was not yet far distant from his rising

Before he had begun to make the earth

Some comfort from his mighty virtue feel. For he in youth his father's wrath incurred

For certain Dame, to whom, as unto death,

The gate of pleasure no one doth unlock; And was before his spiritual court

Et coram patre unto her united ;

Then day by day more fervently he loved her. She, reft of her first husband, scorned, obscure,

One thousand and one hundred years and more,

Waited without a suitor till he came. Naught it availed to hear, that with Amyclas

Found her unmoved at sounding of his voice

He who struck terror into all the world ; Naught it availed being constant and undaunted,

So that, when Mary still remained below,

She inounted up with Christ upon the cross !
But that too darkly I may not proceed,

Francis and Poverty for these two lovers
Take thou henceforward in my speech diffuse.

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Their concord and their joyous semblances,

The love, the wonder, and the sweet regard,

They made to be the cause of holy thoughts; So much so that the venerable Bernard

First bared his feet, and after so great peace

Ran, and, in running, thought himself too slow. O wealth unknown! O veritable good !

Giles bares his feet, and bares his feet Sylvester
Behind the bridegroom, so doth please the bride!


that father and that master,
He and his Lady and that family

Which now was girding on the humble cord; Nor cowardice of heart weighed down his brow

At being son of Peter Bernardone,

Nor for appearing marvellously scorned; But legally his hard determination

To Innocent he opened, and from him

Received the primal seal upon his Order. After the people mendicant increased

Behind this man, whose admirable life

Better in glory of the heavens were sung, Incoronated with a second crown

Was through Honorius by the Eternal Spirit

The holy purpose of this Archimandrite. And when he had, through thirst of martyrdom,

In the proud presence of the Sultan preached

Christ and the others 10 came after him, And, finding for conversion too unripe

The folk, and not to tarry there in vain,

Returned to fruit of the Italic grass,
On the rude rock 'twixt Tiber and the Arno

From Christ did he receive the final seal,

Which during two whole years his members bore. When He, who chose him unto so much good,

Was pleased to draw him up to the reward

That he had merited by being lowly, Unto his friars, as to the rightful heirs,

His most dear Lady did he recommend,

And bade that they should love her faithfully; And from her bosom the illustrious soul

Wished to depart, returning to its realm,

And for its body wished no other bier.
Think now what man was he, who was a fit

Companion over the high seas to keep
The bark of Peter to its proper bearings.

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And this man was our Patriarch ; hence whoever

Doth follow him as he commands can see

That he is laden with good merchandise. But for new pasturage his flock has grown

So greedy, that it is impossible

They be not scattered over fields diverse; And in proportion as his sheep remote

And vagabond go farther off from him,

More void of milk return they to the fold. Verily some there are that fear a hurt,

And keep close to the shepherd; but so few,

That little cloth doth furnish forth their hoocs. Now if my utterance be not indistinct,

If thine own hearing hath attentive been,

If thou recall to mind what I have said, In part contented shall thy wishes be;

For thou shalt see the plant that's chipped away,

And the rebuke that lieth in the words, • Where well one fattens, if he strayeth not.'

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Soon as the blessed flame had taken up

The final word to give it utterance,

Began the holy millstone to revolve,
And in its gyre had not turned wholly round,

Before another in a ring enclosed it,

And motion joined to motion, song to song; Song that as greatly doth transcend our Muses,

Our Sirens, in those dulcet clarions,

As primal splendour that which is reflected. And as are spanned athwart a tender cloud

Two rainbows parallel and like in colour,

When Juno to her handmaid gives command, (The one without born of the one within,

Like to the speaking of that vagrant one

Whom love consumed as doth the sun the vapours,) And make the people here, through covenant

God set with Noah, presageful of the world

That shall no more be covered with a flood,
In such wise of those sempiternal roses

The garlands twain encompassed us about,
And thus the outer to the inner answered.

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After the dance, and other grand rejoicings,

Both of the singing, and the flaming forth

Effulgence wii effulgence blithe and tender, Together, at once, with one accord had stopped,

(Even as the eyes, that, as volition moves them,

Must needs together shut and lift themselves,) Out of the heart of one of the new lights

There came a voice, that needle to the star

Made me appear in turning thitherward. And it began : “The love that makes me fair

Draws me to speak about the other leader,

By whom so well is spoken here of mine. "Tis right, where one is, to bring in the other,

That, as they were united in their warfare,

Together likewise may their glory shine. The soldiery of Christ, which it had cost

So ear to arm again, behind the sta ard

Moved slow and doubtful and in numbers few, When the Emperor who reigneth evermore

Provided for the host that was in peril,

Through grace alone and not that it was worthy; And, as was said, he to his Bride brought succour

With champions twain, at whose deed, at whose word

The straggling people were together drawn. Within that region where the sweet west wind

Rises to open the new leaves, wherewith

Europe is seen to clothe herself afresh, Not far off from the beating of the waves,

Behind which in his long career the sun

Sometimes conceals himself from every man, Is situate the fortunate Calahorra,

Under protection of the mighty shield

In which the Lion subject is and sovereign. Therein was born the amorous paramour

Of Christian Faith, the athlete consecrate,

Kind to his own and cruel to his foes; And when it was created was his mind

Replete with such a living energy,

That in his mother her it made prophetic. As soon as the espousals were complete

Between him and the Faith at holy font,

Where they with mutual safety dowered each other,
The woman, who for him had given assent,

Saw in a dream the admirable fruit
That issue would from him and from his heirs ;

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