If this fleeting sound, the gentlest of breaths

If this fleeting sound, the gentlest of breaths
moving round and round, an air stealing into
the soul, emerging from some spirit within
the self, opening, releasing words, frail,

ephemeral, sweet; if such sweetness frees
us from these sordid cares, vile assaults,
and expands the heart, rouses, strengthens, and brightens
the mind, leading the will to turn and fly

on desire's light wings--how will it be
when love's eagerness, the soul's inner ear
hears vividly, intent only on truth,

in God's presence, secret harmonies--tone,
measure cannot go awry, no discord
will mar that proud beautiful melody.
An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
V XLI:201. See also B S1:27:98m and MS V2, L, and Valgrisi 27. Translations: Roscoe 342; Lefèvre-Deumier 102. Key

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