The things we do awaken His anger

The things we do awaken His anger
and justly--cities sacked, calamities,
hunger--as our crimes grow worse, they bring
worse punishment, and yet God's bounty can

make all wrongs vanish, forgotten. We all
therefore, exhausted by the horrible,
put aside pride, rich clothes, pray for pardon--
In hours He does what we can't do in

decades. Such is His justice, such, our
reason. The past vague, the present full of
tears, the future fearful. Our plea? That

this life get this or that life, that prize. For
the blind ones, dear God, shine out Your light, love,
open the vast weirs of Your compassion.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V CXXXVIII:298. See also Bullock S1, 99, 134; R XXX:457; MSs L, F1, Bo, Cor, Pa, Ra, V1, Ve2; Valgrisi 100. VC refers to papal/imperial wars. Key

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