The Seven Words of Highest Grace from Our Saviour on the Cross (5 of 7)

The fifth: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)

My God, how brutal your abandonment!
All your fury-horde now overwhelms me.
Ah! you withdraw from me your God-light and your grace.
I am a worm, most miserable of all. 
My sweet refreshment? Harsh and bitter bile.
But it will be my comfort and sweet pleasure
if through my own I can dispel all others' pain.
In greatest anguish, my heart always flows with love.

I'd rather see myself than them forsaken,
and when I suffer much, and even more,
it does not trouble me, if they will gain from it.
If my abandonment can be a source of comfort
for them, then let me be abandoned.
My blood shall flow and they shall be revived.

Click here to read this sonnet in the original German.
Note: the document linked here contains the entire series of 7 sonnets.

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