Thursday, September 1, 2011

What compels the righteous to renounce the soul?


So will I compass thine altar, O Lord: That I may publish with the voice of Thanksgiving.

     Thine altar is to me this bathtub
     where my four-year-old twin
     girls tip back their heads.
     They close their eyes.
     I read their faces from above,
     in trust and fear, in holiness,
     has touched their hairlines, cautious.
     Look: their hair flows underwater
     like the scrolls unfurled in heaven.

Psalm 26
Translation from the Greek by
  Brooks Haxton

Brooks Haxton
  Antiphonies to Psalms
op. cit.

Alexander Agricola
1445 - 1506
Motet, Nobis Sancti Spiritus
San Francisco Chanticleer
Chanticleer Records, 1993©


  1. Lucien to Laurent - In my simple mind the best answer to your prose of the renouncing of the soul

    There can be only one permanent revolution — a moral one; the regeneration of the inner man. - Tolstoy

  2. I have always been rather frightened by Tolstoy, as you can see why: sometimes, the balloon goes up. Thanks, Lucien, and a very big "ouch."