s the object of it, and the end of wisdom to contemplate God the true mirror (verace speg-10, speculum), wherein all things are seen as they truly are. Nay, she herself is the brightness of the eternal light, the unspotted mirror of the majesty of God.
Wisdom of Solomon, VII. 26, quoted by Dante (Convito, Tr. III.
c. 15). There are other passages in the Wisdom of Solomon besides that just cited which we may well believe Dante to have had in his mind when writing the Canzone beginning,—
Amor che nella mente mi ragiona, and the commentary upon it, and some to which his experience of life must have given an intenser meaning.
The writer of that book also personifies Wisdom as the mistress of his soul: I loved her and sought her out from my youth, I desired to make her my spouse, and I was a lover of her beauty.
He says of Wisdom that she was present when thou (God) madest the world, and Dante in the same way identifies her with the divine Logos, citing as authority the beginning o