May the Sun I'm forever imploring

May the Sun I'm forever imploring
pour perpetual light into my mind's
recesses, not play upon its surface
with quickly fading gleams, now here, now there,

May I be warmed and dazzled by Jesus'
fire, his life-giving heart; may these slow
ever so late embers in my heart burn
strongly wherever I go forever.

Affliction has burnt, measured, and strengthened,
yearning for God's light, has quieted me,
but alas for this encounter I lack

the strength. Now, dear Master, do it, bend, break,
overthrow me; make me dwell in your light,
be and know nothing but your serene flame.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V XXII:182. See also B S1:53:111; R XI:419-20 (bad text). MSs: L & V2; Valgrisi 53. Key

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