There are two ways to absorb God's noble

There are two ways to absorb God's noble
and precious presence: meditate often
the Bible, and a sort of radiance
will appear to your awakened eye; or,

look up and strengthen your heart's bright spirit,
by the cross, a book where He shows Himself
so compellingly vulnerable, so
close to us, your eye cannot look elsewhere,

cannot go astray. The first way's unsure,
to reach the craved port, journey's end, you must
pass through long doubftul labyrinthine paths;

the second's transparent in meaning, it's
right there, illumined by His inner flame,
oh run there swiftly, sure-footed, to Him.

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V CLXXXVI:346. See B S1:165:167; MS Ve2; Valgrisi 166. Key

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