We meant to go against God's will, to know

We meant to go against God's will, to know
all there is to know of good and evil
in a few short hours--and so we plucked
aeons of terror, wretchedness, in one
apple, and now cry over the mistake

made so long ago. But the true Vine gives
life, gathers those who abide in him by
His fruit's sweet fragrance; around His living
eternal green trunk these withered branches

wrap themselves. One grafts the finely-nurtured
plant to this Tree and reaps life, yet the first
forbidden tree made us know ruthless death.

So what use to climb if to fall again,
surely all's one in these sacred shadows
since He sees what I see and understand.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V XXXII:192. See also B S1:31:100. Ref: John 15:1-8.. Key

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