O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds
and enlarge my mind;
Let me hear good tidings of great joy, and hearing,
believe, rejoice, praise, adore,
my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose, my
eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father;
Place me with ox, ass, camel, goat, to look with
them upon my Redeemer’s face, and in Him
account myself delivered from sin;
Let me with Simeon clasp the new-born Child
to my heart,
embrace Him with undying faith,
exulting that He is mine and I am His.
In Him Thou has given me so much that
Heaven can give no more.
~from The Valley of Vision