Friday, January 20, 2012
On the World and Its Parts
The world is a great and perfect animal,
statue of God, which praises and resembles God:
Within a fist of the brain I dwell and I devour
so much that all the books that the world contains
could not satiate my profound appetite.
and the more I understand, the more I do not know.
So I am the image of the immense Father
only he who becomes Him and is born in Him is certain and blessed.
The Way to Philosophize
The world is the book in which the eternal Intellect
wrote His concepts, and a living temple
where, painting the exploits and His own example,
He adorned with living statues the depths and the heights;
so every spirit here should read and contemplate
art and government, so as not to become impious
and be able to say: “I fulfill the universe,
and by contemplating God internalize all things.”
City of the Sun
Selected Philosophical Poems of Tommaso Campanella: A Bilingual Edition
Tommaso Campanella; Edited, Translated, and Annotated by Sherry Roush
images from Google Image
see also Campanella article at SEP