(The Spiritual Canticle - Stanza 40)
"I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in
my God is the joy of my soul; for he has
clothed me with a robe of salvation, and
wrapped me in a mantle of justice, like a
bridegroom adorned with a diadem, like a
bride bedecked with her jewels." (1)
The Bride's Song
Her being is in harmony:
From her spirit good order flows;
Foes are subdued for His glory;
Her strength is the love He bestows.
Detached from all that is not Him,
Dwelling with Him within her soul,
She resounds a resplendent hymn
To Jesus, with words to extol:
"With strength and flowing grace,
Adorned with riches and grandeurs;
Our union is a citadel,
From which Your Spirit's love outpours.
How can a bride's love be expressed
For her Bridegroom, perfect in grace?
With heaven, her soul's richly blessed;
Love's essence flows from His embrace!"
Her joy, a pure felicity,
Resounds for all eternity.
May the most sweet Jesus, Bridegroom of faithful
souls, be pleased to bring all who invoke
his name to this marriage.
1. Isaiah 61:10
(c) Paul Buis, 2005