At the beginning of the book he relates his conversion. — 'A good knight riding in silence, — Misfortune pierced my old heart with his spear. All the blood of my heart spirted out in a scarlet jet, then it evaporated on the flowers, in the sunlight. A shadow covered my sight, a cry rose to my lips, and my heart died with a wild shiver. Then the knight Misfortune came near me, alighted from his horse and touched me with his hand; with his fingers in the iron gauntlet he probed my wound, while he proclaimed his Law with a hard voice. And lo! at the icy touch a new heart was born in me, a heart pure and bold; and now a young heart, fervid with a divine simplicity, throbs in my breast. And the knight, having mounted again his horse, beckoned to me while he was going away and cried — I still hear that voice — 'At least be prudent! Because this is good only for once'.
'A humble life of easy and wearisome labours is a state of election that requires a great love', had said the poet of Bonheur, and this thought is re-echoed in Clairières dans le ciel and in Géorgiques chrétiennes. Verlaine initiated him to that process of transfiguration through which the landscape becomes alive with eternal beings; in the freshness and silence of the dewfall the murmurings of trees turn into voices, a far chime of bells, stealing softly upon the dreamer, becomes a heavenly song; Angels appear, their pensive head surrounded by a circlet of silver light.
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