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Author Topic: Stanzas of the Soul  (Read 1812 times)
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« on: June 05, 2010, 12:52:48 PM »

from St. John-of-the-Cross, "Dark Night of the Soul"

Stanzas Of The Soul
1. One dark night,
fired with love's urgent longings
- ah, the sheer grace! -
I went out unseen,
my house being now all stilled.

2. In darkness, and secure,
by the secret ladder, disguised,
- ah, the sheer grace! -
in darkness and concealment,
my house being now all stilled.

3. On that glad night,
in secret, for no one saw me,
nor did I look at anything,
with no other light or guide
than the one that burned in my heart.

4. This guided me
more surely than the light of noon
to where he was awaiting me
- him I knew so well -
there in a place where no one appeared.

5. O guiding night!
O night more lovely than the dawn!
O night that has united
the Lover with his beloved,
transforming the beloved in her Lover.

6. Upon my flowering breast
which I kept wholly for him alone,
there he lay sleeping,
and I caressing him
there in a breeze from the fanning cedars.

7. When the breeze blew from the turret,
as I parted his hair,
it wounded my neck
with its gentle hand,
suspending all my senses.

8. I abandoned and forgot myself,
laying my face on my Beloved;
all things ceased; I went out from myself,
leaving my cares
forgotten among the lilies.
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2010, 06:52:53 PM »

Online version of Dark Night:

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/john_cross/dark_night.toc.html
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2010, 12:27:42 PM »

8. I abandoned and forgot myself,
laying my face on my Beloved;
all things ceased; I went out from myself,
leaving my cares
forgotten among the lilies.


Ron Rohlheiser, another current spiritual writer, has a book entitled "Forgotten among the Lillies." I knew that the title came from Dark Night but had not seen the context from which it came.

To truly believe that one could/can experience this type of bliss would create (at least for me) a willingness to forsake everything for it. It is the "pearl of great price" for which one leaves everything.

To have to live in the world with the responsibilities of family would almost seem to preclude such an experience however.,though I have to believe that there are equal blessings to be achieved there if one is able to be still and listen hard enough to hear them.
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