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To My Neighbor


I lift you higher,
lift you out
of your body cells
stuffed with anxiety
of your past -
an evil load that smells.

I'll fill each cell
with love and joy
that makes the
angels dance.
You'll glide through earthly
filth and stench -
a spiritual trance.

From your youth filled eyes,
your hands
and feet,
a holy peace shall flow,
so you and I
be filled with grace -
let us be still
and know.

William Hermanns
[P527]

Seelentränen


Seelentränen sind Gedichte,
rot mit Herzblut aufgeschrieben,
tiefem Menschenleid zum Ruhm,

Lies sie still in reinem Lichte,
unbeschattet,
frei von Trieben:
Du betrittst ein Heiligtum.


Wilhelm Hermanns
[G001]




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P179

                           Jesus

How is it, Thou, a Jew, born in a stall,
Walked down the ages as a living light?
Thou leadest homeward when we err and fall
And barrest from our threshold death and night?

Is it because Thou dwelt among the least
And healed the blind, the wounded, raised the dead?
But Thou wert mocked and scorned by king and priest;
Thine own kind put a price upon Thy head.

Is it because Thou stayed those who demurred
And blessed the throng who left behind their dross?
But Rome despised the temple and the Word
And nailed Thee with two felons on the cross.

Thou Christ died not: Thou livest to fulfill
Though Herod and great Caesar passed away.
It is because in lowly mangers still.
Our babes are born and mothers kneel to pray.

                                     William Hermanns    [P179]

Note:  Poem is in Passion and Compassion (1948).   The author had translated the Christian Science Hymnal into German, so was quite famiiar with the King James Bible English.

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