In that boundless love, proceeding
From the Father and the Son,
Words to Him the Father utter’d
Comprehensible by none.
Words of deepest satisfaction,
Words of infinite delight,
That the Son alone rejoic’d in,
For to do so was His right.
One such word alone is told us
Which He utter’d lovingly:
‘Son, in naught can I take pleasure
If Thou be not here with Me.
When in aught I find contentment,
That I seek alone in Thee.
Who resembles Thee most nearly,
He most truly pleases Me.
Who resembles Thee in nothing
Finds no echo in My soul.
Thou alone dost give Me pleasure,
Satisfaction deep and whole.
Very light art Thou of My light,
Truest wisdom art to Me,
Very Figure of My Substance,
Right well pleas’d am I in Thee.
Gift of gifts on him that loves Thee,
Mine own Self will I bestow.
All the love that binds Me to Thee
In him will I cause to grow.
Since He loves My own Beloved
I this grace to him will show.’
Saint John of the Cross
Romance II, Of the Communication of the Three Persons
John of the Cross, St; de Santa Teresa, S; Peers, E 1934–1935, The complete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the Church, translated from the Spanish by Peers, E, Burns Oates & Washbourne, London.
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