God's miraculous tenderness towards us
when He made that harsh death on the bitter
cross goes beyond what by thinking it out
we can interpret, make sense of, or grasp;
but if a force outside nature, faith, from
God, illuminates the mortal heart and
dwells therein inherently we take in
the beautiful mystery completely.
Those who fasten their eyes only on Christ,
not the best minds, those who read the most books,
they will know bliss in God's elysium.
God's law isn't written on paper, but
formed and hewn by Jesus' burning chisel,
love's fire in the purged awakened heart.
|An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition|
From V LXXXI:241. See also B S1:78:124; MS V2; Valgrisi 79. A fifteenth sonnet in a series meditating Christ. Valdesian. See Valdés, Juan de. Lo Evangelio di San Matteo a cura e con introduzione storica di Carlo Ossola. Testo criticio di Anna Maria Cavallarin. Roma: Bolzoni, 1985. Contains interpretations of Vittora's poetry in the light of Valés commentary. Key