Therese wrote out these stanzas for her poem titled Canticle of Love. The nuns sang it on my entrance day, we sang it to guests in the speak-room and I finally over the course of many months committed the words to memory. It’s a three part harmony. These words got me through many sufferings in Carmel, and reminded me that God is nothing but an abyss of mercy and love. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did.
How great and tender is our God, who has smiled on the lowly.
Eternally my heart will sing a new canticle of love.
Come, all who hunger, all who thirst, all who long for fulfillment.
The God of mercy waits for you as a mother her child.
O come to the living water, fear not your weakness.
Forever trusting in God’s merciful love.
Through the shadows of this night, love will be my guiding light.
Presence hidden from my sight, ‘til the clouds are put to flight.
Beneath your gaze I’ve blossomed forth, as a rose in the sunshine.
With joyful heart I’ve given all to the mystery of love.
In peace I will come before you with empty hands,
relying solely on your merciful love.
Through the veil your face appears, beauty shrouded, bathed in tears.
Bread of sinners I will share, rose unpetaled everywhere.
Ah! My God, I will sing of your love for this one eternal day.
For this one eternal today, eternal today.
Transformed in Love’s consuming fire, lifted up in glory.
Her fragrance filling all the earth, drawing us after her.
Until, in eternity we join in one chorus.
Forever singing of God’s merciful love.
Canticle of love, song of love.
This eternal day I will sing, sing of your love.