You struggled and competed in the world--

You struggled and competed in the world--
defeated Your enemies, the mad and
the foolish, conquered unjust wretched death;
with nothing but Your naked wounded hands

you opened and then locked the gates of hell,
with stunning courage chained down the savage
and cruel, built a steep narrow path to take
us to You and your Father in the courts

of Paradise--the acts of a wise king;
but to recover my shattered mind, force
open a heart learned in hardness, to quench

my proud will and deceitful desires,
reawake humble real wishes to reach
You, these things only Your goodness can do

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V CXXIX:289 & B S1:92:131 (different; B: "chiudendo le tartaree porte"; V "aprendo ..."). See also R XIII:422 (V with variants). MSs L, V2, A. Pr, R RA Ve2; Valgrisi 93. Key

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