My heart is empty. All the fountains that should run
With longing are in me
Dried up. In all the countryside there is not one
That drips to find the sea.
I have no care for anything thy love can grant
Except the moment’s vain
And hardly noticed filling of the moment’s want
And to be free from pain.
Oh, thou that art unwearying, that dost neither sleep
Nor slumber, who didst take
All care for Lazarus in the careless tomb, oh keep
Watch for me till I wake.
If thou think for me what I cannot think, if thou
Desire for me what I
Cannot desire, my soul’s interior Form, though now
Deep-buried, will not die
No more than the insensible dropp’d seed which grows
Through winter ripe for birth
Because, while it forgets, the heavens remembering throws
Sweet influence still on earth,
Because the heaven, moved moth-like by thy beauty, goes
Still turning around the earth.
– from C.S. Lewis’s The Pilgrim’s Regress