- He has not lived in vain
who learns to be unruffled
by loss, by gain,
by, joy, by pain.
- How short our span!
If you once realized how brief,
you would refrain
from causing any beast or man
the smallest grief, the slightest pain.
- Christ was born a man for me,
for me he died –
Unless I become God
His birth is mocked
His death denied
- True prayer requires no word, no chant
no gesture, no sound.
It is communion, calm and still
with our own godly Ground
- God far exceeds all words that we can here express
In silence He is heard, in silence worshiped best
–Johann Scheffler (1624-1677)