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December 14, 2010

The End of a Good Feast Day

For I know well the spring that flows and runs,
although it is night

1. That eternal spring is hidden,
for I know well where it has its rise
although it is night

2. I do not know its origin, nor has it one,
but I know that every origin has come from it
although it is night.

3. I know that nothing else is so beautiful,
and that the heavens and the earth drink there
although it is night.

4. I know well that it is bottomless
and no one is able to cross it,
although it is night.

5. Its clarity is never darkened,
and I know that every light has come from it
although it is night.

6. I know that its streams are so brimming
they water the lands of hell, the heavens, and earth
although it is night.

7. I know well the stream that flows from this spring
is mighty in compass and power
although it is night.

8. I know the stream proceeding from these two,
that neither of them in fact precedes it
although it is night

9. This eternal spring is hidden
in this living bread for our life's sake
although it is night.

10. It is here calling out to creatures;
and they satisfy their thirst,
although in darkness,
because it is night.

11. This living spring that I love for
I see in this bread of life,
although it is night.

-- St. John of the Cross, The Poetry

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