Dante and the Mystics: A Study of the Mystical Aspect of the by Edmund Garratt Gardner

By Edmund Garratt Gardner

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Q~ieta Virtu di carita, che fa volerne Sol quel ch'avemo, e d'altro non ci asseta. Se disiassimo esser piu superne, Foran discordi Ii nostri disiri Dal voler di colui che qui ne cerne, Che vedrai non capere in questi girl, S'essere in caritate ~ qui necesse, E se la sua natura ben rimiri. Anzi ~ formale ad esto beato esse Tenersi dentro alla divina voglia, Per ch'una fansi nostre vogIie stesse. " 2 And, similarly, Justinian in the second sphere, the heaven of Mercury:De Civitate Dei, xxii. 30. Brother, the power of charity contents our will, and makes us long only for what we have, and gives uS 'thirst for nought else.

Fire tends upward, a stone downward. By their own weights are they urged, they seek their own places. Oil poured below water is lifted above the water; De Civ. Dei. xi. 28. In bona valuntate, pax nobis est. Pusey, perhaps remembering the most famous line of the Pat'ad~·so. " I take it rather as meaning. our peace is in the good will that is inflamed by God, and in harmony with the Divine will. Cf. the Vulgate version of Luke ii. 14: Et in terra pax hominibus bonae valuntalis. If Augustine's sentence is the verbal inspiration of Par.

Though the express references to Augustine's works in Dante are not very numerous, Boffito somewhat overstates the case when he says (liP. , p. ) that Dante does not seem to have realised the greatness of this Father of the Church. a Conv. iv. 5, Mon. ii. 5, De Civ. Dei, v. IS; Moore, op. , i. p. 188. 49 r Dante and the Mystics all things even to the shedding of their blood? But his conclusion hardly differs from that of Dante: "Through that Empire, so wide and so enduring, and so renowned and glorious by the virtues o~ such great men, to their labours the reward which they sought was given, and to us were examples set of needful admonition; that if, for the most glorious City of God, we do not preserve such virtues as they for the glory of an earthly city, we may be pierced with shame, and, if we preserve them, may not be exalted with pride.

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