Treasure Island

Jacopone da Todi

(1230-1306 / Italy)

The Soul's Over-Ardent Love


Love, that art Charity,
Why has Thou hurt me so?
My heart is smote in two,
And burns with ardent love,
Glowing and flaming; refuge finding none,
My heart is fettered fast, it cannot flee;
It is consumed, like wax set in the sun;
Living, yet dying, swooning passionately,
It prays for strength a little way to run,
Yet in this furnace must it bide and be:
Where am I led, ah me!

I once could speak, but now my lips are dumb;
My eyes are blind, although I once could see:
In this abyss my soul is stark and numb,
Silent I speak; cling, yet am held by Thee:
Falling, I rise; I go, and yet I come;
Pursue, and am pursued; I am bound yet free;
O Love that whelmeth me!
Maddened I cry:
'Why must I die,
They fiery strength to prove?'

Love, Love, of naught but Love my tongue can sing,
Thy wounded Hand hath pierced my heart so deep:
Love, Love, with Thee made one, to Thee I cling,
Upon Thy breast, let me sleep;
Love, Love, with Love my heart is perishing;
Love, like an Eagle snatching me Thy sleep,
For Thee I swoon, I weep,
Love, let me be,
By courtesy,
Thine own in death. . .

Submitted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Soul's Over-Ardent Love by Jacopone da Todi )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. A Lost Friend., Achill Ladd
  2. In Your Shame, Edward Kofi Louis
  3. Senseless, Edward Kofi Louis
  4. Bones, Marie Jones
  5. Lonesome Traveler, Robert James Busby
  6. Pronunciation, george albot
  7. Sonnet The City at Night, Robert James Busby
  8. Far From Paradise, Robert James Busby
  9. Chaos and Nihilism, Robert James Busby
  10. If you're leaving take me with you, Robert James Busby

Poem of the Day

poet Paul Laurence Dunbar

The mist has left the greening plain,
The dew-drops shine like fairy rain,
The coquette rose awakes again
Her lovely self adorning.

The Wind is hiding in the trees,
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. Alone, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]