Turns to sweetness – St. John of the Cross

 

My soul is disentangled

from every created thing

and lifted above itself

in a life of gladness…

 

After I have known it

love works so in me

that whether things go well or badly

love turns them to one sweetness…

 

And so in its delighting flame

which I am feeling within me

swiftly with nothing spared

I am wholly being consumed…

 

Not for all of beauty

will I ever lose myself

but for I-don’t-know-what

which is so gladly gained…

 

John of the Cross

 

[St. John of the Cross Glosa a lo divino, 1578-1579, fragments]

 

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