My translation of the first 21 lines of Canto XXXIII of Dante's Paradiso.




Vergine Madre, figlia del tuo Figlio

O Virgin Mother, daughter of your Son,
more humble and exalted than all creatures,
fixed resting-place of everlasting wisdom,

you are the one in whom our human nature
is so ennobled that its very Maker
did not disdain to be made with your features.

Within your womb, love sparks and kindles so
that by its bright warmth in eternal peace
the Son-flower is sown and starts to grow.

Here, among saints, you are the noonday flame
of charity. For those whom death shall claim,
you are the freshest spring of life and hope.

Lady, you are so highly prized, so grand:
seekers of grace who do not fly to you
say wingless prayers that can't get off the ground.

Your generous help is not content to rescue
the ones who ask for it, but countless times
you freely give before they even ask you.

With you is holiness, with you sweet mercy,

with you magnificence, with you the sum

of all that is good among humanity.

 

 

* * *

 

Vergine Madre, figlia del tuo Figlio,
umile ed alta piú che creatura,
termine fisso d'eterno consiglio,

 

tu se' colei, che l'umana natura
nobilitasti sí che il suo Fattore
non disdegnó di farsi sua fattura.

 

Nel ventre tuo si raccese l'amore,
per lo cui caldo nell' eterna pace
cosi é germinato questo fiore.

 

Qui sei a noi meridiana face
di caritate, e giuso, intra i mortali,
sei di speranza fontana vivace.

 

Donna, sei tanto grande e tanto vali,
che qual vuol grazia ed a te non ricorre,
sua disianza vuol volar senz'ali.

 

La tua benignitá non pur soccorre
a chi domanda, ma molte fiate
liberamente al domandar precorre.

 

In te misericordia, in te pietate,
in te magnificenza, in te s'aduna
quantunque in creatura é di bontate.





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Written on 2019-06-17 at 10:51

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Positively lovely :)
2019-06-18


one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
You have a gentle touch.
2019-06-18


Ngoc Nguyen The PoetBay support member heart!
Love this!

~Ngoc
2019-06-17