I sometimes think some all-encompassing

I sometimes think some all-encompassing
timeless light's taken me in, my soul off
passing in and out of unearthly lights
and shadows which flicker, mirrored here, there

in earth's splendor. I gather, absorb these,
then close myself shut. Yet I'm not so stripped,
so apart, am still wrapped up in the world's
changing scenes, though He leads, enables me

to travel light, free. Then that moment comes--
on fire, no pride, no sense of self, I
yield, melt as intense light consumes the thick

air choking me. Up there one is alive
for a little, oh, these burning lights tell
how it will be in that eternal day.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V CLI:311. See also B S1:167:168. Ms Ve2; Valgrisi 168. Key

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