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The Living Flame of Love

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Stanzas the Soul Recites in Intimate Union With God. --- 1. O living flame of love That tenderly wounds my soul In its deepest center! Since Now you are not oppressive, Now consummate! if it be your will: Tear through the veil of this sweet encounter! 2. O sweet cautery, O delightful wound! O gentle hand! O delicate touch That tastes of eternal life And pays every debt! In killing you changed death to life. 3. O lamps of fire! in whose splendors The deep caverns of feeling, Once obscure and blind, Now give forth, so rarely, so exquisitely, Both warmth and light to their Beloved. 4. How gently and lovingly You wake in my heart, Where in secret you dwell alone; And in your sweet breathing, Filled with good and glory, How tenderly You swell my heart with love.