Inside that bright spirit lived a burning

Inside that bright spirit lived a burning
flame, an elysian fire within,
so the flames of man and this earth circling
round him felt to him like blood-veined hot ice,

seemed to lie spent. He had not the slightest
desire but was not slow to give gifts--
he lived in another realm far from things
of the body, rich in the soul's noble

eternity. And he said: "To evil
powerful men the night's not dark, never
doubtful, but on an outer rim the sun's

light is strong and ready." His acts, his thoughts,
his words revealed a soul lit by eager
love of God and that immortal gold, truth.
An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V XCIX:259. See also B S1:120:145. No MSs; Valgrisi 121. A third sonnet to an unnamed early Christian martyr. Key

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