If to live by noble true light, to climb

If to live by noble true light, to climb
out of the paths of low shadowy and
mistaken feelings, Love reveals a steep
road of virtue leading us back to some

splendor, your light, my sweet flame can lead me
there, as bright chivalry, your driven but
hallowed passion led you to shun seeking
the world's labyrinthine hidden desires.

If magnificent generous Zeus feeds
his chosen lovers on ambrosia,
nectar, if he honors there those who here

loved deeply, with a holy burning zeal
his just hand will pour down on all of us
new delights from his limitless kindnes

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V XI:153. See also B A2:34:72; MSs L, CASI, RA, Ve. Translation: McAuliffe 79. Key

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