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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
The Resurrection
By Tommaso Campanella (1568–1639)
 
Translated by John Addington Symonds

IF Christ was only six hours crucified
  After few years of toil and misery,
  Which for mankind He suffered willingly,
  While heaven was won for ever when He died;
Why should He still be shown on every side,        5
  Painted and preached, in nought but agony,
  Whose pains were light matched with His victory,
  When the world’s power to harm Him was defied?
Why rather speak and write not of the realm
  He rules in heaven, and soon will bring below        10
  Unto the praise and glory of His name?
Ah, foolish crowd! This world’s thick vapours whelm
  Your eyes unworthy of that glorious show,
  Blind to His splendour, bent upon His shame.
 
 
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