A luminous presence, warm radiance

A luminous presence, warm radiance
leaves the faithful happy, secure--God's grace,
this hard dense thick-ribbed frozen ice congealed,
wrapped round the heart, suddenly often melts,

the clinging shadows of my errors fall
from me, and I feel warmth, am clothed in love--
bright, innocent, child-like, unqualified--
through powerfully burning beautiful light--

but if I try to hold on to this presence,
with a sort of mysterious trusty
key-it slips away, shuns me subtly--low

cunning drives it scornful away. A
wrenching movement, flight, sadness--may I be
freed from vileness so He may come to me.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V VIII:168. See also B S1:9:89. Translation: Roscoe 323. Key

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