Human nature, by itself frail, venal

Human nature, by itself frail, venal,
vile--anyone with a sound eye can see
how useless it is even to try to
do more or less than the body permits;

Let God provide--He clothes the grass, arrays
the lilies, takes cares of each bird we see--
food, clothes, we ought with a clear mind to place
gratefully, gladly all thoughts of these in

His hands. Since in Him is all our good,
the gentle heart loves but Him, pitches her
tent by His, scorns turning her eyes' light up

to any but His. Pray always, never
forget to call on Him whose body's blood,
time on the cross gave us limitless love.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V XLVII:207. See also B S1:83:126; R XIX:432; MSs L and V2, A, CASI, Pr, RA; Valgrisi 84. Key

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