St. Teresa’s Poem ‘If, Lord, Thy Love is Strong’ Translated

“If Your love for me,
My Lord, is like mine for You,
tell me: What holds me from You?
And You, what holds You from me?

– Soul, what do you want from me?
– My Lord, nothing more than to see You.
– And what do you fear the most in you?
– What I fear the most is to lose You.

A soul hiding in God,
what can it desire,
but to love, and love more,
and hiding in Love,
to turn to Love again?

An encompassing love I request,
My Lord, to fill my soul for You
so it can make a sweet nest
wherever it is best.”


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