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Author QuotedJohn of the Cross
Title QuotedCántico espiritual / Saint John of the Cross ; según el ms. de las Madres carmelitas de Jaen ; ed. y notas de M. Martínez Burgos
Date (Year/Month/Day)1947/06/19
ImprintMadrid : Espasa-Calpe. 1936
QuotationHowever, I see nothing for me to write that is not simply a song about His Love and about contemplation. Everything else bores and fatigues me and dries me up. And this, as a matter of fact, was the subject of the last poem I wrote, one which will not be in Figures for an Apocalypse, but which resembles some of the last ones that are. This conviction came to me quite clearly when I was studying St. John of the Cross' Spiritual Canticle today.
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 85
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