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Deficient pueri et laborabunt, et iuvenes in infirmitate cadent; qui autem sperant in Domino mutabunt fortitudinem, adsument pennas sicut aquilae, current et non laborabunt, ambulabunt et non deficient.

Youths shall faint and labor, and young men shall fall by infirmity. But they that hope in the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall take wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Isa. 40:30-31
Et exspectabo Dominum qui abscondit faciem suam a domo Jacob et praestolabor eum.

And I will wait for the Lord, who hath hid his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.

Isa. 8:17
That Isaias be included in the "office of hermits" is not accidental. Isaias as an important source for Merton in understanding his monastic and hermit aspirations has had a long history in Merton's writing. In 1951 Merton writes:
Do you suppose I have a spiritual life? I have none, I am indigence, I am silence, I am poverty, I am solitude, for I have renounced spirituality to find God, and He it is Who preaches loud in the depths of my indigence, saying:
I will pour out my spirit upon thy children and they shall spring up among the herbs as willows beside the running waters
(Isaias, 55:3-4).
The children of thy barrenness shall say in thy ears: The place is too strait for me, make me room to dwell in
(Isaias, 49:20). I die of love for you, Compassion: I take you for my Lady, as Francis married poverty I marry you, the Queen of hermits and the Mother of the poor.
The Sign of Jonas . New York: Image Books edition, 1956. pp. 323-324.