Voyages from I to Thou.

Location: Skellig Michel, Ireland

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Beauty Blues

I bewailed long and bitterly this miserable state of mine; my unsettled spirits were already weary of futile thought, and I of being nourished by a false and feigned pleasure, albeit one with Polia as object. She, without a doubt, was not mortal but rather divine -- she whose holy image was deeply impressed within me, and dwelt carved into my innermost parts.

... O high bright thundering Jupiter, shall I call it happy, miraculous, or terrible, this unheard-of vision whose memory makes every atom of my being burn and tremble?

-- Hypnerotomachia Poliphila, transl. Godwin


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