To conquer Thomas's obduracy
our Lord opened his wounds. A burning ray
shone so strongly upon Thomas's heart's
humility, life's hardened armor cracked,
and he was transformed, and with faith he saw
the old and new laws' meaning: "He has left
me what was His; yes, He opened the way
for me to go into my Father's house."
Whence Christ said to Thomas after the hard
death: "though you saw and believed, they who can't
see and yet believe are blessed, finer."
What paradise is and the place were laid
opened to him--for us the road's shorter,
smoother: we need but believe to find Him.
|An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition|
From V CI:261. See also B S1:118:144; MS V2; Valgrisi 119. A second sonnet to an apostle, this time to "Doubting Thomas". References: John 14:5-7; John 20:24-29; Jacobus de Voragine Golden Legend, the apocryphal Acts of St Thomas. Cf. the early Christian Anglo-Saxon 'Andreas', translated by Charles Kennedy as 'St. Andrew's Mission to Mermedonia' in his Early English Christian Poetry. Key