(The Dark Night, book II: chapter 24-25)
"the daybreak from on high will visit
us to shine on those who sit in darkness
and death's shadow, to guide our feet into
the path of peace." (57)
By Way of Night
The morning breaks, blazing and bold;
The night has past; darkness is gone.
Her soul, like newly minted gold,
Glitters in the first rays of dawn.
No hint of breeze stirs the still air;
The dew settles, heavy and clear.
Peaceful joy has displaced despair;
Perfect love has cast out all fear.
By way of night, she evaded
Her enemies with senses stilled.
Her faculties, held and faded,
Did not disturb as she was filled.
The blaze of love burned strong and
Deep in her soul, on this journey.
Drawing His heart, throughout this
Led her to Him and set her free.
Bridegroom drew her, on paths unknown;
By way of night, she found His throne.
May we rejoice in the Bridegroom with love
that burns like a new dawn deep in our souls.
57. Luke 1:78b-79
(c) Paul Buis, 2004