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Girolamo Beniveni: "Lauda"

Palm Sunday 2005

Lauda

   Jesus, whoso with Thee
Hangs not in pain and loss,
Pierced on the cruel cross,
   At peace shall never be.
Lord, unto me be kind;
Give me that peace of mind
Which in this world so blind
   And false, dwells but with Thee.
Give me that strife and pain,
Apart from which 'twere vain
Thy love on earth to gain
   Or seek a share with Thee.
If, Lord, with Thee alone
Heart's peace and love be known,
My heart shall be Thine own,
   Ever to rest with Thee.
Here in my heart be lit
Thy fire, to feed on it,
Till, burning bit by bit,
   It dies to live with Thee.
   Jesus, whoso with Thee
Hangs not in pain and loss,
Pierced on the cruel cross,
   At peace shall never be.

Girolamo Beniveni (1453-1542)
tr. from Italian by John Addington Symonds

The Catholic Anthology: The World's Great Catholic Poetry (revised edition, 1940), ed. Thomas Walsh and George N. Shuster, pp. 129f.

See also May Probyn: "The Beloved" and John Donne: Holy Sonnets XIX.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sun. 03/20/05 08:21:39 AM
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