The Breath of Jesus
Genesis 2:7, “[As] the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and so man became a living soul.”
As the New Year revives old desires, the soul in solitude retires…
As the New Year revives old Desires,
And the Soul in Thought and Solitude retires,
Let the hands of Moses appear like dew upon the bough,
And the breath of Jesus spring forth from the earth.
La nouvelle année relance les vieux désirs,
Comme l’âme à la solitude prend sa retraite,
Le main de Moïse apparais comme la rosée sur la branche,
Et le souffle de Jésus surgit de la terre.
Wie das neue Jahr alte Wünsche belebt ,
Die nachdenkliche Seele zur Einsamkeit zieht sich zurück,
Dann die Hände von Mose wie Tau auf dem Ast erscheinen ,
Und der Atem Jesu aus der Erde entspringt .
Explanation of the Quatrain 4
Spring is a popular subject for poets, and recall to mind the familiar words Tennyson said in Locksley Hall, “in spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”
The Hand of Moses
The allusions to the hand of Moses is not clear, but we can guess. The rod is an extension of the hand and Moses had a brother Aaron, whose rod, like that Moses possessed, had special powers. In Numbers 17:8, God commands each of the Twelve Tribes offer up a rod. God would reveal the tribe chosen to become priests through one of the rods. Aaron offered his rod representing the tribe of Levi, and “it put forth buds, produced blossoms, and bore ripe almonds” .