I gaze into and now see that outside

I gaze into and now see that outside
this fiery overmastering Sun,
filled with life, all is dark, wrongs everywhere--
inside it love is chaste, and I'm drawn to

His luminous flame; early on He meant
my sweet small Sun--who still shines over me--
to prepare, sear, reduce, yes, clarify
my mind so now He enters--infinite

light has illumined my soul forever.
First there was a gleam, then a bright small flash,
a flake or ember glowed as after a

great conflagration. I always loved him
without design, no thought to gain, enchant,
in bliss now he knows this and prays for me.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V CXVI:166. See also B S1:146:158; no MSs; Valgrisi 147. Key

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