segunda-feira, 15 de fevereiro de 2010
[The ending of a long prose essay titled ``On the Constitution of Church and State'', which I have not seen.]
... Finally, what is Reason ? You have often asked me ; and this is my answer :--
Whene'er the mist, that stands 'twixt God and thee,
[Sublimates] to a pure transparency,
That intercepts no light and adds no stain--
There Reason is, and then begins her reign !
But alas !
------`tu stesso, ti fai grosso
Col falso immaginar, sì che non vedi
Ciò che vedresti, se l'avessi scosso.'
(Dante, Paradiso, Canto 1, lines 88-90)
[You yourself blind yourself
With delusion's dream, so you do not see
What you'd see if you had shaken it off.]
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Highgate, England, 1772-1834)