Everything that exists tells us of its

Everything that exists tells us of its
maker, that God's power, goodness rules all;
this so men and women may tell the good
from the bad, discern the valuable--

what all in Paradise effortlessly
know. On earth the ordeal, and people can't
change from within alone, need Christ's humble
never-ending compassion--the cross's

self-torture--to awaken. This trial,
this transformation can wall up the proud--
it can at the same time melt chains digging

into, bruising the soul, clear the heart of
foolish desires, fill one with real hope
of dawn's promise of everlasting peace.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V XI:170. See also B S1:11:90. MSs L (Tordi 36R) & V2 (Caruso f. 13V). Sestet said to allude to Michelangelo's Dying Slave. Key

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