Publisher: Novello & Co
Beloved, all things ceased (2011)
St John of the Cross (translation by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD, and Otilio Rodriguez, OCD)
Novello & Co Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
1. One dark night,
fired with love's urgent longings
- ah, the sheer grace! -
I went out unseen,
my house being now all stilled.
2. On that glad night,
in secret, for no one saw me,
nor did I look at anything,
with no other light or guide
than the one that burned in my heart.
3. This guided me
more surely than the light of noon
to where he was awaiting me
- him I knew so well -
there in a place where no one appeared.
4. O guiding night!
O night more lovely than the dawn!
O night that has united
the Lover with his beloved,
transforming the beloved in her Lover.
5. Upon my flowering breast
which I kept wholly for him alone,
there he lay sleeping,
and I caressing him
there in a breeze from the fanning
6. I abandoned and forgot myself,
laying my face on my Beloved;
all things ceased; I went out from
leaving my cares
forgotten among the lilies.