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David V. Montoya Three Poems by St. John of the Cross 

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Recorded in performance on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at All Saints Church, Pasadena, California
  • Music by David V. Montoya Three Poems by St. John of the Cross Del Verbo Divino · Llama de amor viva · Suma de perfeccionZanaida Robles, Daniel Ramon
Del Verbo Divino (The Divine Word)

Del Verbo divino
La Virgen preñada
Viene de camino:
Si le dais posada.

The Virgin, pregnant
With the Divine Word
Comes down the road:
If only you would give her shelter. 

Llama de Amor Viva (The Living Flame of Love)

¡Oh llama de amor viva
que tiernamente hieres
de mi alma en el más profundo centro!
Pues ya no eres esquiva
acaba ya si quieres,
¡rompe la tela de este dulce encuentro!

¡Oh cauterio süave!
¡Oh regalada llaga!
¡Oh mano blanda! ¡Oh toque delicado
que a vida eterna sabe
y toda deuda paga!
Matando, muerte en vida has trocado.

¡Oh lámparas de fuego
en cuyos resplandores
las profundas cavernas del sentido,
que estaba oscuro y ciego,
con estraños primores
color y luz dan junto a su querido!

¡Cuán manso y amoroso
recuerdas en mi seno
donde secretamente solo moras,
y en tu aspirar sabroso
de bien y gloria lleno,
cuán delicadamente me enamoras!

O living flame of love
That tenderly wounds my soul
In its deepest center! Since
Now you are not oppressive,
Now consummate! if it be your will:
Tear through the veil of this sweet encounter! 

O sweet healing,
O delightful wound!
O gentle hand! O delicate touch
That tastes of eternal life
And every debt forgiven!
In self-​offering you changed death to life. 

O lamps of fire!
in whose splendors
The deep caverns of feeling,
Once obscure and blind,
Now give forth, so rarely, so exquisitely,
Both warmth and light to their Beloved. 

How gently and lovingly
You wake in my heart,
Where in secret you dwell alone;
And in your sweet breathing,
Filled with good and glory,
How tenderly You swell my heart with love. 

Suma de perfeccion (The Sum of Perfection)

Olvido de lo criado,
Memoria del criador,
Atencion a lo interior,
Y estarse amando al Amado.

Forgetfulness of creation,
Remembrance of the Creator,
Attention to the interior,
And to be the loving Beloved. 

—St. John of the Cross (1542–1591)

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