Beatitudes

Go out in the morning,
into the tabernacles and the courts.
Blessed are the souls that receive you;
they will be comforted.
Do not faint from toil; find rest
in mine house. Sleep, and see
a mystery in the early moments,
before the trumpets will sound.
Continue to the city, touching
all who praise thee for thy works.
Blessed are the faithful that rejoice
in thy labour; they will obtain
gladness even until the latter rain.

I will not age
nor show how frail I am,
nor let the flower of my glory fall away.
Yea, I will bless them that sow in joy
and wait to taste the bounteous supper.
Mine riches shall I heap upon their heads.

Therefore, feel not disquiet,
but hope. Walk in righteousness,
and be worthy. Weep not for days,
but return to me. And measure not
my devotion in a handsbreadth;
surely, it will endure
forever.

🌺

Thank you, everyone, for your encouraging words on my last post. This poem is based on Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem). English text: King James Bible. Original image: Nghia Do Thanh. Musical inspiration: Junkie XL’s Brothers in arms.

48 thoughts on “Beatitudes

    1. Thank you so much. Hope you are enjoying your launch. I know it was quite a slog to get through the last bits of writing. Glad you did it, and of course, you cane through. Warm hugs for the weekend ahead.

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  1. En franΓ§ais : “Je ne vieillirai pas
    ni montrer combien je suis fragile”…

    Yessss, It is very beautiful and very well written!
    What talent, this text makes me think of Nordic poetry, the Saari…

    Bon weekend Γ  toi.
    Tony

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    1. Thank you so much for the translation. Our strength of will may be all we have. I haven’t read much Nordic poetry but I’ve read the original translation of the Norse Sagas and studied Danish for a bit. Something might have slipped in there. Happy weekend to you, too. πŸŽπŸ’šπŸβ€οΈ

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  2. I think it’s a good time to visit a friend after a long time when portey is the main theme! Maybe something poetic about it. But only if you remember me πŸ˜‰ It’s been a long while that we exchanged any comments on our blogs. So I’m not sure if you remember me. But I do remember that one of my post about train travel pictures you shared had brought me a lot of good comments!

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      1. Now that is a great memory!! Very specific! Those were fun times when we knew each and every bloggers!

        Indeed, long time! So I am thinking of sticking around like old days and was in search of people that I used to talk to. I’m doing good. How have you been?

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      2. I meant the β€œblogging train” but early January was my last trip overseas, of course. I spent much of 2019 on the Shinkansen because of out of town work assignments. I was planning a Berlin-Warsaw-Krakow bus adventure for this summer but that obviously never happened.

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  3. Absolutely sublime, flowing and eternal! I loved this one from the first line, your choice of your English style, the hope that it exudes, blessing all of us who “sow in joy” What a magnificent return to your verse. Truly..an uplifting impression that lasts in the reader/s mind. So you are Lily..:) Wow Lily Welcome back!!

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    1. Thank you so much Karima. It was a pleasure to finally agonise over tiny details again. I was worried about whether it would land in the spirit that I intended. I see that it’s fine. I appreciate your kind words and the time you shared with me and everyone who will read your remarks.

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  4. If coming back to poetry had an adjective, this poem is just the right choice of words. So powerful Lily, this poem speaks at so many volumes. Loved the way you have described a fight that we all take at some points of our lives, the one rarely the world notices. So much in these lines. Welcome Back to Poetry Lily and thank you for writing this. Hope you are better. πŸ˜‡

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    1. Thank you so much for these kind words and for reading these verses with an open mind. You’ll be happy to know I took your advice and listened to the music. It worked. πŸŽπŸ’šπŸŒΊ

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      1. The pleasure was all mine Lily. What’s a mind bounded in chains. It’s another tragedy waiting to happen. πŸ˜‡. I am really glad to know that I could be of any help to you Lily. πŸ˜‡ I am sure everything will fall into place. This poem is a glaring witness to it. πŸ˜‡ Take care Lily. πŸ˜‡

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