Nada te turbe

A friend of mine and I were talking the other night, and he shared this prayer set to music.

“Here is a link to a YouTube video of the song “Nada te turbe” (Let Nothing Disturb You) performed by the Taize Community. The song is accompanied by video of the community at prayer. The original poem is ascribed to St. Teresa of Avila, (1515-1582) a Spanish nun and great contemplative:

 

He also included translations:

Here are the Spanish lyrics:

Music: J. Berthier Text: St. Teresa de Ávila

Solo verses:

Todo se pasa, Dios no se muda,

La paciencia todo lo alcanza.

En Cristo mi confianza,

y de Él solo mi asimiento;

en sus cansancios mi aliento,

y en su imitación mi holganza.

Aquí estriba mi firmeza,

aquí mi seguridad,

la prueba de mi verdad,

la muestra de mi firmeza.

 

Ya no durmáis, no durmáis,

pues que no hay paz en la tierra.

 

No haya ningún cobarde,

aventuremos la vida.

No hay que temer, no durmáis,

aventuremos la vida.

 

Photos from taize.fr

 

And a couple of English translations:

rough translation made by the composer

Let nothing disturb you,

nothing surprise you,

all things pass;

God does not change.

Patience wins everything;

whoever holds onto God

lacks nothing;

God alone is enough.

a more poetic & old-fashioned translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Let nothing disturb thee,

Nothing affright thee;

All things are passing;

God never changeth;

Patient endurance

Attaineth to all things;

Who God possesseth

In nothing is wanting;

Alone God sufficeth.

Hope you enjoy it. It seems a particularly appropriate text to keep in mind these days, both for ourselves as individuals and for the world at large.

 

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