POETRY: I Believe In Love, by Thomas Merton

i believe in love thomas merton

Translated from the French by William Davis

Je Crois en L’Amour

Je crois en l’Amour
Qui dort et vit, cache dans les semences,

Et lorsque je respire mon printemps
Dans la fraicheur des sommets liturgiques
En voyant tous les arbres et les blés verts,
L’émoi s’éveille au plus profound
De mon être mortel: et l’adoration
Sonne comme les cloches légendaires
Qui entonnent leurs chants sourds au sein de l’océan.

Et quand le soleil géant de mon été
A frappe l’or de toutes mes gerbes
Je fais fortune: c’est là mon chant, mon capital,
Ma lousange de Notre Dame!

O frères, venez me rejoinder,
Buvez le vin de Melchisédec
Tandis que tous ces mont régenérés
Chantent la paid, vêtus des vignes d’Isaïe:

Car c’est ainsi que naissent les poems
Dans le cruex de mon Coeur d’homme
Et dans le sein de mon rocher fendu!


I Believe In Love

I believe in the love
which sleeps and wakes up,
caught in the sperm of the seasons.

When I breathe my spring
on the fresh liturgical peaks of the hills
seeing all the trees and the green corn,
the anxious essence of my being
awakens with gaping yawns
and the adoration sounds like the legendary clocks
who ring their heavy chants in the womb of the ocean.

And when the looming sun of my summer
has stripped the gold flesh from my wheat
I find I have become rich: my song is pure,
this skeletal praise of Our Lady is my money.

O brothers, come with me.
Drink the wine of Melchisedech
while all the giant mountains
dressed in the vines of Isaias
sing peace.

Poems are born because love is like this
in the hollow heart of a man
and in the breast of my own broken rock.

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