May 12, 2014

Poem: Lines Written in Her Breviary

Painting by Josefa de Obidos - Courtesy of Wikipedia

Lines Written in Her Breviary is a translation by Arthur Symons (1865–1945) of a poem by St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). It is included in the Poetry Appendix of the Liturgy of the Hours (1975).  The more well known translation: Santa Teresa's Book-Mark (Let Nothing Disturb Thee) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) is featured in the following video and text.

Musical setting by David Diamond (1915 - 2005)

SANTA TERESA'S BOOK-MARK translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, (Public Domain)

Letrilla que llevaba por Registro en su Breviario (Santa Teresa de Avila)

Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee;
All things are passing;
God never changeth;
Patient endurance
Attaineth to all things;
Who God possesseth
In nothing is wanting;
Alone God sufficeth.

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