Unearthly flame, when you envelope me

Unearthly flame, when you envelope me
compell me, all but your flame vanishes:
the outer world melts away, the inner--
at once secure and fed by a burning

passion for your strength, something without form,
without shape, not involved with the body,
something not to be ensnared by the flesh,
the world, or the self, an essence which on

itself lives, assumes all cares, never
tired or strained, an immortal flame struck
on my frozen heart's inner rock warms it,

illumines, and softened, I yield, love, and
believe; at first I resisted, ungrateful,
now quiet, I pray from within for more.
An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
V CXXII:282. See also B S1:150:160, from Valgrisi 151. Key

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