Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Valentine for God


Take My Heart by Gwen Meharg at HeArts Gallery.

I hope it's not too late on February 14 to send this Valentine to the Lord!

God who is love certainly deserves a greeting of love from each of us today.

Here, from Schola Ministries, is a beautiful musical setting of St. Augustine's prayer:


Late have I loved Thee, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new

translated and composed by Kathleen Deignan, CND.

It seems that Augustine was concerned about being late, too!

(For those not familiar with Latin, the next three lines find their translation in the fourth and fifth.)

Sero te amavi,
pulchritudo tam antiqua et tam nova.
Sero te amavi!

Late have I loved Thee,
O Beauty ever ancient, ever new!

I was searching all around me; You were all within.

I grasped at your beauty everywhere
and longed to have and hold what can but be beheld.
Sero te amavi!

You attracted, I, distracted, did not see
the Giver of all gifts was gracing me.

Sero te amavi!

You called, you shouted – piercing through my deafness;
You flashed, you shone – dispelling all my blindness.
Sero te amavi!

You breathed your fragrance on me,
I drew my breath and now am breathless for Thee.
I tasted your sweetness and now I am famished for You –
You touched me; now I am burning for your peace.
Late have I loved Thee, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new!
I was searching all around me; You were all within.
Sero te amavi! Vero te amavi…

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