Category Archives: mysticism

Heavenly Salem

Here’s an early Christian hymn, sung at the dedication of church buildings. For my Protestant friends, it’s kind of like “The Church’s One Foundation” (S. J. Stone, 1866) — only better. Blessed City Blessèd city, heavenly Salem, vision dear of … Continue reading

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Late Have I Loved You

A famous Augustinian prayer, on this Feast Day of St. Augustine: Late have I loved you, Beauty so old and so new: Late have I loved you. And see, you were within And I was within the external world And … Continue reading

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What Love?

What love is this of thine, that cannot be In thine infinity, O Lord, confined, Unless it in thy very person see Infinity, and finity, conjoined? What! Hath thy Godhead, as not satisfied, Married our manhood, making it its bride? … Continue reading

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He sent no angel to our race

I first heard this hymn (copied below) in a Lutheran church, on the Feast of the Transfiguration. It must (imperatively!) be sung to the original 15th-century Agincourt tune; otherwise, it loses vigor. The unique stanza is the second.  “He sent no angel … Continue reading

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How Things Really Are

Transfiguration For that one moment, ‘in and out of time’, On that one mountain where all moments meet, The daily veil that covers the sublime In darkling glass fell dazzled at his feet. There were no angels full of eyes … Continue reading

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The Sign

I too have seen what they saw in the sky. It comes when, in its grumbling turgid tongue, The storm protests the doings of all men; And heaven’s face, obscure and overflung With brooding thunders, clears and broods again. Then … Continue reading

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Without End

I saw full surely that ere God made us he loved us; which love was never slacked, nor shall ever be. And in this love he hath done all his works; and in this love he hath made all things … Continue reading

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