(The Spiritual Canticle - Stanza 2-3)
"On my bed at night I sought him whom
my heart loves - I sought him but I did not
find him. I will rise then and go about the
city; in the streets and crossings I will
seek Him whom my heart loves. I sought him
but I did not find him. The watchmen came
upon me as they made their rounds of the
city: Have you seen him whom my heart loves?"
Her darkened mind is powerless,
To ponder His word or to gaze;
Her aimless will is in distress,
Unable to cling to His ways.
Her memory falls to despair,
Uncertainty has displaced hope;
In suffering beyond compare,
She turns to her angel to cope.
She pursues Him persistently:
Seeking His virtues on the heights,
Embracing truth in poverty,
Mortifying self through the nights.
She leaves consolations aside,
And strives to free her heart of all
Comforts -- with the cross, they collide
And block Spirit like a brick wall.
On His path, she is in pursuit;
Unwavering and resolute.
May the Bridegroom grant us the strength
of a resolute will to pursue Him relentlessly
through the purifications of the night.
1. Song of Songs 3:1-3
(c) Paul Buis, 2005