Paradise II


Behold.  What verb is that to me?

‘Tis import and sound galore.

For oft’ it is used in between

Great Bible books, which open doors.

Now in the text of Paradise,

Keen Dante employs this verb–

It means “look, ye”–here as a command,

Striking Sir Dante as would some strong herb:

“Behold the hosts,” Beatrice cries,

“Of the triumph of Christ, behold the grain

Gathered from all the turning of spheres

of light!”—the power of His Name!

In Beatrice’ countenance burned a flame,

Teller Dante thus points out,

Then adds, “I have to…not explain”

For no more words could even amount.

This is my reflection on the word “behold,” which I associate with the Bible.

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