Texts for an Office of
Levate in caelum oculos vestros et videte sub terra deorsum; quia
caeli sicut fumus liquescent et terra sicut vestimentum atteretur, et
habitatores eius sicut haec interibunt, salus autem mea in sempiternum
erit et justitia mea non deficiet.
Lift up your eyes
to heaven, and look down to the earth
beneath: for the heavens shall vanish like smoke, and the earth shall
be worn away like a garment, and the inhabitants thereof shall perish
in like manner: but my salvation shall be forever, and my justice
shall not fail.
Posui verba mea in ore tuo et in umbra manus meae protexi te, ut
plantes caelos et fundes ierram et dicas ad Sion: populus meus es
I have put my words in
thy mouth, and have protected thee in
the shadow of my hand, that thou mightest plant the heavens, and found
the earth: and mightest say to Sion: Thou art my people.
* Merton is inconsistent in his use of
consonantals in Latin: sometimes he retains the classical and
sometimes he uses the medieval.