By Saint John Of The Cross, E. Allison Peers, P. Silverio De Santa Teresa C.D.
The non secular Canticle is certainly one of St John's maximum works. utilizing the straightforward metaphor of the wife and the bride, he sketches a chain of dialogues among God and the soul, rihc in usual imagery. The aromatic vineyards, fruitful valleys and eco-friendly hills, flocks of sheep and transparent streams all communicate of the thing of mystical love. The imahes of the elemental religious Canticle are so appealing and its song so attractive that many that first heard it begged St John to put in writing a remark, including its profound reflections at the kinfolk of the soul to God, has develop into one of many world's richest assets of meditation. The remark and the chic poetry that encouraged them shape what's awarded the following because the whole religious Canticle.
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Wherein I shall follow this manner—to wit, that first I shall set down the text in its Latin and then shall expound it with respect to the subject which it illustrates. And first I shall set down all the stanzas together, and then in order shall set down each one separately with intent to expound it ;* whereof I shall expound each line, setting it down at the beginning of its exposition. ' END OF THE PROLOGUE 26 SPIRITUAL CANTICLE SONGS BETWEEN THE SOUL AND THE SPOUSE1 BRIDE 1. Whither hast thou hidden thyself.
At the tonch of a spark, at the spiced wine, Flows forth* the Divine balsam. 17. In the inner cellar, of my Beloved have I drunk, And, when I went forth over all this meadow, Then knew I naught And lost the flock which I followed aforetime. 18. There he gave me his breast; There he taught me a science most delectable ; And I gave myself to him, indeed, reserving nothing ; There I promised him to be his bride. 19. My soul has employed4 itself And all my possessions in his service : Now I guard no flock nor have I now other office, For now my exercise is in loving alone.
Colossians ii, 3. STANZA II 41 said to S. 1 Which is to say : Take the book and eat it up ; and it shall make thy belly bitter—the belly being taken to mean the will. * That is : Their wine will be the gall of dragons and the incurable poison of asps. This signifies there the lack of God, Who is the death of the soul; and these three needs and afflictions are founded upon the three theological virtues—faith, charity and hope—which relate to the three faculties aforementioned : understanding, will and memory.
Spiritual Canticle And Poems by Saint John Of The Cross, E. Allison Peers, P. Silverio De Santa Teresa C.D.