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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