This image, sir, that your awakened heart

This image, sir, that your awakened heart
has often glimpsed in a sort of dazzling
light, that has stirred in you the deepest of
feelings, and gratified your soul with peace,

serves me too: I feel its vigor, stare for
hours at its graphic light, beauty and
splendor, tremble, feel hot, cry, desire
to fix my eyes with complete absorption

unendingly. If only I could catch
this Sun held, as you see it, in some clear
crystal that reflects your glad soul's trembling

flakes of light received from God, shimmering
with unique flames left yet more rich from an
inward beauty first yielded up to Him.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V CXCII:352. See also B S1:143:156; no MSs; Valgrisi 144. Another to Pole; "companion sonnet" to "Perché la mentre vostra, oranta e cinta". Key

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