Adamantinum Cor


Ah Lord, give me an adamantine heart:

Delve deep, divide the diamond from the rest,

And rouse it with your flame, so every part

May banish shadows and be manifest.

Against temptation make it such a shield

No point can pierce or fire dissolve its face;

To light, however, let it softly yield

Its thousand eyes as mirrors for your grace,

No spark of human love or friendship shine

Unless the jewel refract and amplify

More purely than it came, no flame divine

Conceive itself except the stone reply.

Oh, let me thus, whatever thought or yearned,

Retain the fire of love yet not be burned.

Art of a Mathematician