PN 53






"A Lily Among Thorns,"

1 Lord, you chose me from my earliest childhood,
And I can call myself the work of your love...
O my God! in my gratitude I would like
Oh! I would like to be able to pay you in return!...
Jesus my Beloved, what is this privilege?
What have I, poor little nothing, done for you?
And I see myself placed in the royal procession
Of the virgins in your court, lovable and Divine King!
2 Alas, I am nothing but weakness itself.
You know that, O my God! I have no virtues...
But you also know, the only friend I love,
That the one who has charmed me is you, my Sweet Jesus!...
When in my young heart was enkindled that flame
Called love, you came to claim it....
And you alone, O Jesus! could satisfy a soul
That needed to love even to the infinite.
3 Like a little lamb far from the sheepfold,
I merrily frolicked unaware of the danger,
But, O Queen of Heaven! my darling Shepherdess,
Your invisible hand knew how to protect me
While I played on the edge of the precipice.
You were already showing me the summit of Carmel.
I understood then the austere delights
That I would have to love to fly away to Heaven.
4 Lord, if you cherish the purity of the angel,
Of that spirit of fire which swims in the blue,
Do you not also love the lily, rising above the mire, That your love knew how to keep pure?
My God, if the angel with vermillion wings
Who appears before you is happy,
My joy even here below is like his,
Since I have the treasure of virginity!...




© Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars, Inc




For Sister Marie of the Trinity




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datation: May 1897

addressee: Marie de la Trinité, upon request