Within the gentle heart one finds distilled

Within the gentle heart one finds distilled
the living waters of His hallowed spring,
if this experience of tenderness
seemed to the world outside something precious,

a halycon sea, rainbow shell of peace
and pure love, the reason I disdain wealth
and the world's prizes would be clear, and why
the wisest and most contented of men,

drunk with gladness, climbed that steep hill bearing
the cross. Not just to sense eternal life
dissolving into death; but to know life

just when people turn away in distaste,
dreading the dark. Give way humbly, your will
His, end your struggle, come away--find peace.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From Visconti XXV:185. See also B S1:62:116. MS V2. Key

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