Dante, Paradiso, Canto I
loose English translation by Michael R. Burch
Beatrice instructs Dante on his Nature, the Universe's, and God's
"You are not on earth, as you believe;
lightning flashing forth from its abode
could never match your swiftness, bolting home."
If I was freed from my first frantic doubts
by these enlightening words she beamed at me,
I was also struck by new perplexities
and said: "I was content to cashier my amazement,
to rest from wonder, but now I'm absorbed:
how can my body rise above these lighter orbs?"
Then with a heartfelt sigh of gentle pity,
She regarded me with that same wondering look
a mother casts on her delirious child,
and said: "Created things possess an order
within themselves, and this begets the form
that makes the universe resemble God."