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A POEM ON THE GOSPEL “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD”

24 Feb

UPON THE GOSPEL “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD” [John 1:1 ff] RELATING TO THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

In the beginning of all things
The Word lived in the Lord at rest.
And His felicity in Him
Was from infinity possessed.

That very Word was God Himself
By which all being was begun
For He lived in the beginning
And beginning had He none.

He Himself was the beginning,
So He had none, being one.
What was born of the beginning
Was the Word we call the Son.

Even so has God conceived Him
And conceived Him always so,
Ever giving Him the substance
As He gave it long ago.

And thus the glory of the Son
Is the glory of the Sire
And the glory of the Father
From His Son He does acquire.

As the loved-one in the lover
Each in the other’s heart resided:
And the love that makes them one
Into one of them divided,

Then with one and with the other
Mated in such equality,
Three Persons now and one Beloved
They numbered, though they still were three.

There is one love in all three Persons:
One lover all the Three provides;
And the beloved is the Lover
Which in each of them resides.

The Being which all three possess
Each of them does possess alone:
And each of them loves what that Being
Itself possesses of its own.

This very Being is Each One,
And it alone, in its own way,
Has bound them in that wondrous knot
Whose mystery no man can say.

Thus lives undying and eternal
The love that has entwined them so,
Because one love the three united
Which as their Essence now we know,
And this one love, the more in one-ness,
The more and more in love will grow.
– St John of the Cross
tr. Roy Campbell, 1951

 
 

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