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There Is Nothing We Can Give You

There is nothing we can give you
which you have not.
But there is much, very much,
that while we cannot give it,
you can take.

No heaven can come to us
unless our hearts find rest
in today.
Take heaven!

No peace lies in the future
which is not hidden
in this present instant.
Take peace!

The gloom of the world
is but a shadow.
Behind it, yet within reach,
is Joy.
Take joy!

Life is so generous a giver,
but we, judging its gifts
by their covering,
cast them away as ugly,
or heavy, or hard.
Remove the covering
and you will find beneath it
a living splendor,
woven of love.
Welcome it!

Welcome it, grasp it
and you touch the angel's hand
that brings it.
Take the hand!

- from Fra Giovanni 1513 AD

This block of Italic lettering with built up Romans
shows the Italic style in which
this piece is rendered