CRISTO OUR LORD CHRIST: OF ORDER
St. Francis of Assisi tr. Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Ordina quest'amore, o tu che m'ami:
Non č virtų senz'ordine trovata:
Poichč trovare tanto tu me abbrami,
Sia la mente con virtų rinovata.
A me amare voglio, che tu chiami
La caritate, quale sia ordinata.
Arbore si č provata
Per l'ordine del frutto,
Lo qual dimostra tutto
D'ogni cosa il valore.
Tutte le cose, che aio create
Sė son fatte con numero e mensura,
Ed al lor fine son tutte ordinate;
Conservansi per ordin in valura:
E molto pių ancora caritate
Sė č ordinata nella sua natura.
Or como per calura,
Alma tu se'mpazzita?
For d'ordin tu se'uscita;
Non t'č freno el fervore?
Set Love in order, thou that lovest Me.
Never was virtue out of order found;
And though I fill thy heart desirously,
By thine own virtue I must keep My ground:
When to My love thou dost bring charity,
Even she must come with order girt and gown'd.
Look how the trees are bound
To order, bearing fruit;
And by one thing compute,
In all things earthly, order's grace or gain.
All earthly things I had the making of
Were number'd and were measured then by Me;
And each was order'd to its end by Love,
Each kept, through order, clean for ministry.

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