Love, which is quickly kindled in the gentle heart, seized this man for the fair form that was taken from me, and the manner still hurts me.
I came into a place void of all light, which bellows like the sea in tempest, when it is combated by warring winds.
At once I understood, and I was sure this was that sect of evil souls who were hateful to God and to His enemies.
I saw and I knew the soul of him, who cowardly made the great refusal.
Heaven, to keep its beauty, cast them out, but even Hell itself would not receive them for fear the wicked there might glory over them.
This miserable state is borne by the wretched souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise.
And just as he who, with exhausted breath, having escaped from the sea to shore, turns to the perilous waters and gazes.
When I had journeyed half of our life's way, I found myself within a shadowed forest, for I had lost the path that does not stray.
Love with delight discourses in my mind Upon my lady's admirable gifts... Beyond the range of human intellect.
In that book which is My memory... On the first page That is the chapter when I first met you Appear the words... Here begins a new life.
Behold a God more powerful than I who comes to rule over me.
In his arms, my lady lay asleep, wrapped in a veil. He woke her then and trembling and obedient she ate that burning heart out of his hand. Weeping I saw him then depart from me.