If only, in the terrifying winds

If only, in the terrifying winds
and raw air, the bleak continual storm
of this tormented hard-pressed world, I could
enter the ark God made Noah--shark-filled

waters make all other boats useless--or,
with the Hebrews, cross safely through the sea
God parted, boldly push myself forward,
reach the shore, freed of my burdens, and sing

oh so gaily, oh so gratefully--or
with Peter when I falter feel God's
hand still, lift my heart above the restless

heaving waves. And if I'm not up to these,
God does not withdraw His grace, it's never
over, He's never reluctant, grudging.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V XCVIII:258. See also B S1:113:141; MSs L, Ve2, V2; Valrisi 114. Translation: Roscoe 100. The third and last in a series of three to Noah. Reference: Genesis 5-10. A plethora of illustrations, paintings, legends, and dramatic scenes and stories had grown up around Noah. Michelangelo included a depictions of Noah's sacrifice, drunkenness after the Flood and his unhappy contemporaries on the Sistine ceiling; Giovanni Bellini and Benozzo Gozzoli depicted the scene realistically. Key

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