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From many stars this light.comes unto me;
But he instilled it first into my heart,
Who was chief singer * unto the Chief Captain,
He says, all those who recognise thy name it
And who does not if he my faith possesses P
In the Epistle, so that I am full,
And upon others rain again your rain."I
Of that effulgence quivered a sharp flash,
Sudden and frequent, in the guise of lightning.
Towards the virtue still, which followed me
Unto the palm and issue of the field,
In her; and grateful to me is thy saying,
$The mark establish, and this shows it me,
Of all the souls whom God has made His friends,
In his own land shall be with twofold garments,ll
This revelation manifests to us."
Sperent in te from over us was heard,
To which responsive answered all the carols.**
So that, if Cancer such a crystal had,
Winter would have a month of one sole day.ii
A joyous maiden, only to do honour
To the new bride, and not from any failing, $$
||||Approach the two, who in a wheel revolved,
* The Psalmist David.
Psalm ix. 10.
The twofold garments are the glorified spirit and the glorified body.
St. John in the Apocalypse, vii. 9: “A great multitude, which no man could number : ... clothed with wbite robes."
** Dances and songs commingled; the circling choirs, the celestial choristers. tt St. John the Evangelist.
It In winter the constellation Cancer rises at sunset; and if it bad one star as bright as this, it would turn night into day.
$$ Such as vanity, ostentation, or the like,
As was beseeming to their ardent love.
And fixed on them my Lady kept her look,
Even as a bride, silent and motionless.
* Of Him our Pelican; and this is he
To the great office + from the cross elected."
Removed her sight from its fixed contemplation,
Before or afterward, these words of hers.
To see the eclipsing of the sun a little,
And who, by seeing, sightless doth become,
While it was said, “ Why dost thou daze thyself
To see a thing which here has no existence ?
|| With the eternal proposition tallies;
**Are the two lights alone that have ascended:
And this shalt thou take back into your world."H
Of sound that by the trinalfi breath was made,
The oars that erst were in the water beaten
Are all suspended at a whistle's sound.
When I turned round to look on Beatrice,
At not beholding her, although I was
+ Then saith He to that disciple, “Behold thy mother! and from that hour that disciple took her unto his own house." St. John, xix. 27.
St. John. “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?' | Till the predestined number of the elect is complete.
The two garments: the glorified spirit, and the glorified body. ** The two lights: Christ and the Virgin Mary. tt Carry back these tidings. 11 The sacred trio of St. Peter, St. James, and St. John.
THE NATURE OF LOVE.
FROM THE ITALIAN.
To noble heart Love doth for shelter fly,
Kindles in noble heart the fire of love,
The fatal gift of beauty, and possess
That they might fear thee more, or love thee less,
Seem wasting, yet to mortal combat dare !
Such torrents of armed men, nor Gallic horde
Drinking the wave of Po, distained with gore, Nor should I see thee girded with a sword
Not thine, and with the stranger's arm contending, Victor or vanquished, slave for evermore. * Fatal.
TRANSLATIONS FROM THE FRENCH.
FROM CHARLES, DUKE OF ORLEANS.
XV. CENTURY. GENTLE Spring !-in sunshine clad,
Well dost thou thy power display! For Winter maketh the light heart sad,
And thou,—thou makest the sad heart gay. He sees thee, and calls to his gloomy train, The sleet, and the snow, and the wind, and the rain, And they shrink away, and they flee in fear,
When thy merry step draws near.
Winter giveth the fields and the trees, so old,
Their beards of icicles and snow;
We must cower over the embers low;
When thy merry step draws near.
Winter maketh the sun in the gloomy sky
Wrap him round with a mantle of cloud;
Thou tearest away the mournful shroud,
THE CHILD ASLEEP.
SWEET babe! true portrait of thy father's face,
Sleep on the bosom, that thy lips have pressed! Sleep, little one; and closely, gently place
Thy drowsy eyelid on thy mother's breast.