The Trinal Triplicities of Which Spenser Talks
(A sonnet 'found' in the pages of The Bhagavad-Gita and The Wishing Cap Papers)
The whole world is enchanted by three–
Whether by accident or system–
Up to the prevalent age of Kali
Satan had reason to complain.
Goodness, passion and ignorance: (the
Worse and more wicked we could suppose)
Those who are bewildered by these three
He no longer laughs and says Ho! Ho!
Only a person who is fully
A satyr or a sort of clergyman,
For him there is no difficulty
To be mutually pardoned again.
How is it that multitudes are wound?
Because the bound cannot help the bound.
Italicized lines taken from: Prabhupada, Bhaktivedanta Swami, 1997. The Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, Sydney.
Other lines (and the title) taken from Hunt, Leigh 1873. The Wishing Cap Papers. Lee and Shepard, Boston.