2014 - Vol. 72
lyrics and music
by Ed Conlin
to listen to an MP3 audio
Lyrics to Prayer of Augustine
ancient, O Beauty so new
Late have I loved
Thee and feebly yet do.
Though you were
with me, I was not with You.
Then You shone Your
face and I was blind no more
My heart searches
restlessly and finds no rest ‘till it rests in Thee.
O Seeker You sought
for me, Your love has found me;
I am taken by thee.
I sought this world
and chased its finer things,
Yet were these not
in You, they would not have been.
My ceaseless longing
hid the deeper truth,
In all my desirings,
I was desiring You.
Lord, in my deafness
You cried out to me.
I drew my breath
and now Your fragrance I breathe
O Fount of Life,
You are forever the same;
O Fire of Love,
come set me aflame.
hearts are restless until they rest in thee"
St. Augustine of Hippo
reflection on Augustine's prayer....
Augustine's "Confessions", I was deeply moved by this conversion prayer
(one of the
most beautiful prayers I've ever heard)...wouldn't this be wonderful if
the spirit of this prayer could be enhanced by holy music!
asking God if he would just frame this prayer with the right melody.
Eventually, this came out. Praise God!"
There is a
space formed by the particular shape of our life. It is meant for God himself
to indwell. This must be felt as a lack... and it comes about through daily
circumstamces. It may be caused by the cavern of a lonely heart, the ache
of a lost one, the yearning that comes from "not yet being home." In truth
we are to glory in this emptiness -- for it is the price we pay for such
an immense dignity. To wait in courage for God to fill our particular emptiness
is one of the most profound of love's acts.
song Prayer of Augustine is included in a
Music CD entitled, Taken by Love, produced by In
His Presence. The CD and sheet music can be ordered from In
His Presence. See online order page, or order
form, click on Taken by Love CD. Individual can purchase the album
or the mp3 as a download from I-Tunes or Rhapsody or any mp3 distributor.
Conlin is a member of the Servants
of the Word, a missionary brotherhood of men living single for the
Lord. He lives in community in the inner city of Detroit, Michigan, USA,
and works as a licensed substance abuse counselor and chaplain with the
Franciscan Ministries in Detroit.