God gives two lights: one helps until we reach

God gives two lights: one helps until we reach
that momentary frail movement into
death, a fleeting thought, passing vanished deeds:
one thinks, discerns, understands, desires.

the other allows us to worship Him:
a sense of something other, deserted
steps, unused paths, making us lean, great wings
sheltering, yielding His presence always.

The first, called reason--it's human nature,
we say--lets animal passions compel,
restrain, conquer the nobler gentle heart;

sensing that other one forgets self, scorns
the world, the heart closes against shadows
opens to transforming light, part of God.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V XXXIX:199. See also B S1:13:191; R XXVI:448-9. Translations: McAuliffe 109; Gibaldi 39. Key

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