Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

One Darkest Night

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

One Darkest Night

Article excerpt

One darkest night I went,

aflame with love's devouring eager burning

O fortunate event! -

no witnesses discerning,

the house now still from which my steps were turning.

Hidden by darkness, bent

on flight, disguised, down secret steps sojourning

O fortunate event! -

Hidden by dark, and yearning,

the house now still from which my steps were turning;

In that most blissful night,

in secrecy, since none had seen my going,

nor did I pause for sight,

nor had I light, for showing

the route, but that which in my heart was glowing.

This only did the guiding,

surer than the blaze when noonday shone,

to where he was abiding

who was to me well known

where we would be together and alone.

O night that led me true,

O night more fair than morning's earliest shining,

0 night that wrought from two

lover, beloved entwining

beloved and lover one in their combining! …

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