manucodiats, as authors write,
2On this base
dunghill Earth doth never
3But hover in the air both day and night,
4And on the dew of heaven they only feed,
5Which signifies their pure celestial breed.
consumes not, yet they’re often found
for their indulgency they’re crowned.
some birds will help to build their nests,
9And swans and doves sit half the time, at least;
these transcend all animals in love,
11Which shows that their
extraction’s from above;
12For on their backs, the males have hollow pits
13In which the female lays her eggs and sits;
14She, having the like concave in her breast,
15Being thus conjoined,
their young securely rest.
16Let parents then learn here indulgency,
17For none are blesséd without unity.
18But know that the least spark or
beam of love
19Is first diffused and kindled from above.
20For in my poor experience, this I find:
21The holiest men are evermore most kind.
22Then O, my God, from Thy bright throne above,
Irradiate my soul so with Thy love
That, as the sun illuminateth all
capacious on this earthly ball,
26Yet still his brightest beams to Heaven return,
27So let me with such holy fervor burn:
28When that eternal spark begins to glow
29In my chaste breast, let it diffuse below
relations, then reascend above
31To God, the fount of glory, life and love.