The weight one woman bore, brought forth, and took
to the temple when she obeyed an age-
old custom and presented her first son
to God, lightened our crimes--not as victim
but as a willing sacrifice, a sign
of this world's unspeakable viciousness.
Today a second light is unveiled, God
lightens the shadows, we glimpse figures and
a true light is offered to the church.
Simeon understood when he prayed his eyes
might close forever to see the sunlight
of eternity--he'd have died before
that sweet child had he not spoken to her
out of a heart penetrated by grief
|An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition|
From V XCII:252. See also B S1:114:142; R XVII, 429; MS RA; Valgrisi 115. The second of two sonnets to Simeon, a "good and devout man". Both occur in same MS. Following Valgrisi, Bullock has reversed the order Visconti followed; Ruscelli puts a sonnet inbetween. Reference: Luke 2:23-35. Again Cf T. S. Eliot, 'A Song for Simeon -- 1928, Collected Poems, 1909-1962 Key