Dark night of the soul | F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dark night of the soul, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  1. The Dark Night Of The Soul
    By Saint John of the Cross
    Translated (From Spanish) by A.Z. Foreman

    Once in the dark of night,
    Inflamed with love and wanting, I arose
    (O coming of delight!)
    And went, as no one knows,
    When all my house lay long in deep repose

    All in the dark went right,
    Down secret steps, disguised in other clothes,
    (O coming of delight!)
    In dark when no one knows,
    When all my house lay long in deep repose.

    And in the luck of night
    In secret places where no other spied
    I went without my sight
    Without a light to guide
    Except the heart that lit me from inside.

    It guided me and shone
    Surer than noonday sunlight over me,
    And lead me to the one
    Whom only I could see
    Deep in a place where only we could be.

    O guiding dark of night!
    O dark of night more darling than the dawn!
    O night that can unite
    A lover and loved one,
    Lover and loved one moved in unison.

    And on my flowering breast
    Which I had kept for him and him alone
    He slept as I caressed
    And loved him for my own,
    Breathing an air from redolent cedars blown.

    And from the castle wall
    The wind came down to winnow through his hair
    Bidding his fingers fall,
    Searing my throat with air
    And all my senses were suspended there.

    I stayed there to forget.
    There on my lover, face to face, I lay.
    All ended, and I let
    My cares all fall away
    Forgotten in the lilies on that day.


    P.S. In episode 5371 of US soap series The Bold and the Beautiful, Bridget Forrester (Ashley Jones) and Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) discuss spirituality and the purpose of human existence through reference and direct quotation of "Dark Night of the Soul."

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