XXXVI 

 

 

  1. A lady asks me 

  2.                   I speak in season

  3. She seeks reason for an affect, wild often 

  4. That is so proud he hath Love for a name 

  5. Who denys it can hear the truth now 

  6. Wherefore I speak to the present knowers 

  7. Having no hope that low-hearted

  8.                   Can bring sight to such reason

  9. Be there not natural demonstration

  10.                    I have no will to try proof-bringing 

  11. Or say where it hath birth 

  12. What is its virtu and power 

  13. Its being and every moving 

  14. Or delight whereby ‘tis called “to love” 

  15. Or if man can show it to sight. 


  16. Where memory liveth

  17.                it takes its state 

  18. Formed like a diafan from light on shade 

  19. Which shadow cometh of Mars and remaineth 

  20. Created, having a name sensate

  21. Custom of the soul, 

  22.                   will from the heart; 

  23. Cometh from a seen form which being understood 

  24. Taketh locus and remaining in the intellect possible

  25. Wherein hath he neither weight nor still-standing,

  26. Descendeth not by quality but shineth out 

  27. Himself his own effect unendingly

  28. Not in delight but in the being aware 

  29. Nor can he leave his true likeness otherwhere.

  30. He is not vertu but cometh of that perfection

  31. Which is so postulate not by the reason 

  32. But ’tis felt, I say. 

  33. Beyond salvation, holdeth his judging force 

  34. Deeming intention to be reason’s peer and mate, 

  35. Poor in discernment, being thus weakness’ friend 

  36. Often his power cometh on death in the end, 

  37. Be it withstayed 

  38.                    and so swinging counterweight. 

  39. Not that it were natural opposite, but only 

  40. Wry’d a bit from the perfect, 

  41. Let no man say love cometh from chance 

  42. Or hath not established lordship 

  43. Holding his power even though 

  44.                    Memory hath him no more. 


  45. Cometh he to be

  46.                  when the will 

  47. From overplus 

  48. Twisteth out of natural measure, 

  49. Never adorned with rest    Moveth he changing colour 

  50. Either to laugh or weep 

  51. Contorting the face with fear 

  52.                       resteth but a little 

  53. Yet shall ye see of him    That he is most often 

  54. With folk who deserve him 

  55. And his strange quality sets sighs to move 

  56. Willing man look into that forméd trace in his mind 

  57. And with such uneasiness as rouseth the flame.

  58. Unskilled can not form his image, 

  59. He himself moveth not, drawing all to his stillness, 

  60. Neither turneth about to seek his delight 

  61. Nor yet to seek out proving 

  62. Be it so great or so small. 


  63. He draweth likeness and hue from like nature 

  64. So making pleasure more certain in seeming 

  65. Nor can stand hid in such nearness, 

  66. Beautys be darts tho’ not savage 

  67. Skilled from such fear a man follows 

  68. Deserving spirit, that pierceth. 

  69. Nor is he known from his face

  70. But taken in the white light that is allness 

  71. Toucheth his aim 

  72. Who heareth, seeth not form 

  73. But is led by its emanation. 

  74. Being divided, set out from colour

  75. Disjunct in mid darkness 

  76. Grazeth the light, one moving by other, 

  77. Being divided, divided from all falsity 

  78. Worthy of trust 

  79. From him alone mercy proceedeth. 

  80. Go, song, surely thou mayest 

  81. Whither it please thee 

  82. For so art thou ornate that thy reasons 

  83. Shall be praised from thy understanders, 

  84. With others hast thou no will to make company.

  85. Called thronesbalascio or topaze” 

  86. Eriugina was not understood in his time 

  87. which explains, perhaps, the delay in condemning him” 

  88. And they went looking for Manicheans 

  89. And found, so far as I can make out, no Manicheans 

  90. So they dug for, and damned Scotus Eriugina 

  91. Authority comes from right reason

  92.                never the other way on” 

  93. Hence the delay in condemning him 

  94. Aquinas head down in a vacuum, 

  95.                   Aristotle which way in a vacuum? 

  96. Sacrum, sacrum, inluminatio coitu

  97. Lo Sordels si fo di Mantovana 

  98.                     of a castle named Goito. 

  99. “Five castles! 

  100. “Five castles!” 

  101.                     (king giv’ him five castles) 

  102. “And what the hell do I know about dye-works?!”

  103. His Holiness has written a letter: 

  104.                     “CHARLES the Mangy of Anjou.... 

  105. .. way you treat your men is a scandal....” 

  106. Dilectis miles familiaris...castra Montis Odorisii 

  107. Montis Sancti Silvestri pallete et pile... 

  108. In partibus Thetis....vineland 

  109.                                                      land tilled 

  110.                                                      the land incult 

  111.                                                       pratis nemoribus pascuis 

  112.                                                      with legal jurisdiction 

  113. his heirs of both sexes, 

  114. ... sold the damn lot six weeks later, 

  115. Sordellus de Godio. 

  116.                   Quan ben m’albir e mon ric pensamen.