The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Transformative Power of Love


Love:
Divine mechanism to
Preserve the beauty of our organism,
Either by accident or election.
From knowledge of you
Are born strange effects:
For darkness defects
And the dumb speak,
Crude intellects are strengthened
That once were weak.

Only two months ago
I was like the beasts of the wild,
The rational soul having been from me exiled.
As an animal only sense I knew,
Like a plant I was merely nourished and grew.
Eclipsed in me was reason, divine and holy,
Until in your rays this rising sun
Was shown me.

You untied and broke
The fool's dimness.
You were the divine genius
That instructed and gave me the light:
This new identity in which I dwell.
Hearty thanks, Love, I give you
For having taught me so well
That all men upon me seeing
Remark how different is my being.

Of desire's force
From an imagining so kind,
I see myself in the palaces
Of Reason Divine.

-Finea's Soliloquy, Act III, Scene I;
Lope de Vega's La Dama Boba (The Foolish Lady)
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6 Comments:

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

I deeply apologize to the reader for this poor translation of one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Age of Gold. Hopefully, some of you will be able to read the original Spanish, and appreciate Lope de Vega's message all the more.

 
At 8:07 AM, Blogger Matthew Francis said...

Hi there.
That icon of Joachim and Anna you have there, I am quite sure, was made by Heiko Schlieper, the great Canadian iconographer. I had the privilege of working with Heiko a couple of years back. What a serendipity to see his example of this image on your blog!

 
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