Friday, October 1, 2010

St Thérèse of Lisieux

My Song of Today

Oh! how I love Thee, Jesus! my soul aspires to Thee--
And yet for one day only my simple prayer I pray!
Come reign within my heart, smile tenderly on me,
To-day, dear Lord, to-day.

But if I dare take thought of what the morrow brings--
That fills my fickle heart with dreary, dull dismay;
I crave, indeed, my God, trials and sufferings,
But only for to-day!

O sweetest Star of heaven! O Virgin, spotless, blest,
Shining with Jesus' light, guiding to Him my way!
O Mother! 'neath thy veil let my tired spirit rest,
For this brief passing day!

Soon shall I fly afar among the holy choirs,
Then shall be mine the joy that never knows decay;
And then my lips shall sing, to heaven's angelic lyres,
The eternal, glad To-day!

June, 1894.

Poems of Sr. Therese, Carmelite of Lisieux, known as The "Little Flower of Jesus,"
Translated by S.L. EMERY

* top image - Thérèse ©bjm - Ireland 2004
* bottom image - Brookdale in Pink ©bjm 2010

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