'All of Nichol’s paintings is stamped through his wish to create texts which are undertaking themselves in addition to in context, and to take advantage of oblique structural and textual units to hold which means. In The Martyrology other ways of talking testify to a trip via alternative ways of being. Language is either the poet’s teacher and, via its a number of variations, the dominant 'image' of the poem. The [nine] books of The Martyrology rfile a poet’s quest for perception into himself and his writing via scrupulous cognizance to the messages hidden within the morphology of his personal speech.’ – Frank Davey
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Nor may I tell thee more, save that the meed Of sorrow well-deserv’d shall quit your wrongs. And now the visage of that saintly light Was to the sun, that fills it, turn’d again, As to the good, whose plenitude of bliss Sufficeth all. O ye misguided souls! —And lo! toward me, next, Another of those splendent forms approach’d, That, by its outward bright’ning, testified The will it had to pleasure me. The eyes Of Beatrice, resting, as before, Firmly upon me, manifested forth Approval of my wish.
The providence, that governeth the world, In depth of counsel by created ken Unfathomable, to the end that she, Who with loud cries was ’spous’d in precious blood, Might keep her footing towards her well-belov’d, Safe in herself and constant unto him, Hath two ordain’d, who should on either hand In chief escort her: one seraphic all In fervency; for wisdom upon earth, The other splendour of cherubic light. I but of one will tell: he tells of both, Who one commendeth which of them so’er Be taken: for their deeds were to one end.
Thenceforth goes he on his way, The father and the master, with his spouse, And with that family, whom now the cord Girt humbly: nor did abjectness of heart Weigh down his eyelids, for that he was son Of Pietro Bernardone, and by men In wond’rous sort despis’d. But royally His hard intention he to Innocent Set forth, and from him first receiv’d the seal On his religion. Then, when numerous flock’d 54 The tribe of lowly ones, that trac’d HIS steps, Whose marvellous life deservedly were sung In heights empyreal, through Honorius’ hand A second crown, to deck their Guardian’s virtues, Was by the eternal Spirit inwreath’d: and when He had, through thirst of martyrdom, stood up In the proud Soldan’s presence, and there preach’d Christ and his followers; but found the race Unripen’d for conversion: back once more He hasted (not to intermit his toil), And reap’d Ausonian lands.
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