Self-effacement and quiet resistance

Self-effacement and quiet resistance,
these make up the virtue dearest to God,
noble humility--His words and actions
unveil its hidden beauty to those who

can be taught by Him. When you are gentle,
it embitters your adversaries all the
more (determined, as they are, to snuff out
goodness wherever they find it)--it drives them

wild, these experts at getting round the rarest
virtue. You war for peace, they from anger;
interest their path, yours whatever honors

God who conceded the battlegound, its
weapons long ago. Still though disarmed, and
gone wrong, my heart's won, is His, and can't fail.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V CXVIII:278. See also B S1:134:152. MSsV2 (Ve2), L; Valgrisi 135. Note last line: "'l tuo cor la tua vittoria." Key

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