Since there is no return ,
Only in love new courage may be taken :
Love , of himself scarce sure ,
Ardently insecure ,
Longing , but half afraid , his power to learn ,
Puts on eternity in golden token .
With candle , bell and book :
All else is now forsaken ;
There is no turning back .
Take courage , then , in love :
Only in love can life be worth the living ;
Love for that lover’s sake
Who all for love did make ,
Who leaving his own cherished home above ,
Put on mortality , and greatly loving .
With heart too rudely torn ,
Spent all his strength in giving
Where there was no return .
There is no turning back :
Only in love shall love by love defend thee :
Possessing thee, yet thine ,
Half human half divine ,
Giving unasked all love thy love doth lack ,
Shall put on immortality to find thee ,
Shall rise , death slain , and live ,
Life without end to lend thee :
Take courage , then , in love .
9 April 1953