Today's poem is by Dante Alighieri, translated by Robert Pinsky

Paradiso I 54-63

I fixed my eyes on the sun-beyond our ways,
There many things are granted to be done

That here are beyond our human faculties,
For that is the Place designed for humankind.
I endured it neither long, nor so short a time

That I couldn't see it burn with an inner fire
As bright as molten iron, so that it seemed
Day had been added to day, as though the power

Of One who could have added a second sun
Had done so, to adorn the heavens.

Copyright © 2009 Dante Alighieri, translated by Robert Pinsky All rights reserved
from I'll Tell What I Saw
Sarabande Books
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