Today in the midst of this world I see

Today in the midst of this world I see
a radiant lamp with two clear flames each
of us expects to take nourishment from--
think, just for us He endured that much pain:

His love of the Father whose vital light
cast a splendor over that scene as first
the nails went in, is one; that absolute
devotion to us, which consumed Him when

limitless strength seemed spent, while He circled
the earth with light, the other. This I see
because when His lamp seemed spent, it wasn't.

No, He'd given immortality with
His life to those He had chosen to dwell
in that eternal day of Paradise.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V CXLIX:309. See also B S1:160:165; no MSs; Valgrisi 161. A twentieth in a series meditating Christ. Key

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