How lucky you are--your courage puts you
beyond the reach of everyone everywhere--
among the noble on earth you are first,
among the blest you hold a treasured seat.
For as long as your living image comes
back to noble eyes, your memory
will carve an image of deathless loyalty
in the minds of those who discern justly.
Your worldly fame and heaven's eternal
peace cannot be diminished by men
who envy you or saints who've earned more.
Reason affirms the ultimate value
of your living splendor and Love agrees
your light shines in the few unenvious.
|An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition|
From V LXVIII:68. See also B A1:4:5; R XXX:95. Key