Monday, January 14, 2019
Little is known about the author, other than he was the Archpriest in the Spanish village of Hita, and that he was probably imprisoned, as his own work expresses.
The following poem was translated by Mack Singleton
Oh God, Who Father art and Son, and likewise Spirit Holy,
Of Blessed Virgin Mother born [and gentle Maiden lowly]—
The strength send us Thy name to praise in canticle
Our shield and mantle be Thou, Lord, [through years
-----and days of time]!
May He Who heaven fashion did, and earth contrive and sea,
His light and grace abiding send [a lowly sinner,] me!
From shining verses’ pleasant sheaf then book will I devise
That men who hear its measures may both gladdened be,
O Lord most high, my Savior dear, Who mankind wrought
On Archpriest-this, thy strength bestow [to bear his
Then book of courtesy I’ll write shall men’s hearts
Their souls ‘twill bring some profit, and some healing to
This post was suggested by my friend Burl Horniachek.
Entry written by D.S. Martin. His latest poetry collection is Ampersand (2018, Cascade). His books are available through Amazon, and Wipf & Stock, including the anthologies The Turning Aside, and Adam, Eve, & the Riders of the Apocalypse.