The heroic acts, and golden trophies

The heroic acts, and golden trophies,
triumphal parades, fabulous booty,
the sacred laurel on the noble brow
made everyone burn for paeans like his--

Then an eternal Sun revealed something
beyond what must die, angelic choruses
heard and understood inflamed our souls
with a holy aspiration towards Christ.

Alas, I have but one object, my light
whose body left to me is beautiful
whose God-like soul still illuminates mine.

From one pole to the other of this earth
his splendid deeds achieved what the proud wished
and he knows true content in paradise.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V XIII:13. See also B A1:12:9; R XIX:63. Key

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