Perhaps those cloven tongues of Flame appeared

Perhaps those cloven tongues of Flame appeared
to silence thought--reason's objections--that
His voice's majesty might be sensed through
the living and grasped through the tenderness

of a baby's spoken love. So it was
faith not knowledge made hearts bold, transformed His
servants to speak to the eternal God
in words of unquestionable wonder.

And so I long for these wretched passions,
this weakness, those sick words to fall silent;
let us not scatter seed which bears such black

bitter fruit, such wrong. Let my breath, my tears
turn to happy thoughts from hope and belief,
leave me be always only to speak love

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V CLXXXIX:349. See also B S2:21:187. She alludes to Acts 2:1-13. Key

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