“Song of the Soul That Rejoices In Knowing God Through Faith.”

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Below is the Irish Poet Seamus Heaney’s translation from St John of the Cross’, “Song of the Soul That Rejoices In Knowing God Through Faith.”  It is included in Heaney’s collection titled Station Island XI.  

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As if the prisms of the kaleidoscope

I plunged once in a butt of muddied water

Surfaced like a marvellous lightship

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And out of its silted crystals a monk’s face

That had spoken years ago from behind a grille

Spoke again about the need and chance

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To salvage everything, to re-envisage

The zenith and glimpsed jewels of any gift

Mistakenly abased …

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What came to nothing could always be replenished.

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‘Read poems as prayers,’ he said, ‘and for your penance

Translate me something by Juan de la Cruz.’

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Returned from Spain to our chapped wilderness,

His consonants aspirate, his forehead shining,

He had made me feel there was…

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Seraphim Rose: “The Revolution”

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“A government must rule by the Grace of God or by the will of the people, it must believe in authority or in the Revolution; on these issues compromise is possible only in semblance, and only for a time. The Revolution, like the disbelief which has always accompanied it, cannot be stopped halfway; it is a force that, once awakened, will not rest until it ends in a totalitarian Kingdom of this world. The history of the last two centuries has proved nothing if not this. To appease the Revolution and offer it concessions, as Liberals have always done, thereby showing that they have no truth with which to oppose it, is perhaps to postpone, but not to prevent, the attainment of its end. And to oppose the radical Revolution with a Revolution of one’s own, whether it be “conservative,” ” non-violent,” or “spiritual,” is not merely to reveal ignorance…

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Mysteries of the Song of Songs

Those of you, who according to the advice of St. Paul, have stripped off the old man with his deeds and desires as you would a filthy garment and have wrapped ourselves by the purity of your lives in the bright garments of the Lord which he displayed upon the mount of Transfiguration; you who have put on the Lord Jesus Christ with his holy robe and have been transformed with him into the state which is free from passion and more divine, listen to the mysteries of The Song Of Songs. Enter the inner chamber of the chaste bridegroom and clothe yourselves with the white

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of pure, chaste thoughts. Let no one bring passionate, fleshly thoughts or a garment of conscience unsuitability for the divine nuptials. Let no one be bound up in his own thoughts, or drag the pure words of the bridegroom and the bride down into earthly, irrational passions. Anyone who entertains such shameful illusions should be cast out from the company of those who share the nuptial joys to the place of weeping [Matt 22:10-13]. I issue this warning before entering upon the mystical contemplation of the Song of Songs. Through the words of the Song the soul is escorted to an incorporeal, spiritual, and pure union with God. For God, who “wishes all to be saved and to come to the recognition of the truth” [1 Tim 2:4], shows the most perfect and blessed way of salvation here – I mean the way of love. For some there is salvation by fear: we contemplate the threat of punishment in hell unsettle avoid evil. Further, there are those who, because of the hope of the reward held out for a life piously lived, conduct themselves virtuously. They do not possess the good out of love but by the expectation of a recompense. On the other hand, the person who is hastening to spiritual perfection rejects fear. (Such a disposition is servile, and the person with the disposition does not remain with the master out of love. He does not run away out of fear of being scourged.) Rather, the person seeking perfection disdains even rewards: he does not want to give the impression that he prefers the gift to the one who bestows it. He loves “with his whole heart and soul and strength” [Dt 6:5] not any of the things that come from God, but him who is the source of all good things. This, then, is the attitude which he commands to the souls of all who listen to him, for he summons to us to share his own life.

 “Commentary on the Song of Songs”, by Gregory of Nyssa, translated by Casimir McCambley.