Noah’s Prayer




what a menagerie!

Between Your downpour and these animal cries

one cannot hear oneself think!

The days are long,


All this water makes my heart sink.

When will the ground cease to rock under my feet?

The days are long.

Master Raven has not come back.

Here is your dove.

Will she find us a twig of hope?

The days are long,


Guide Your Ark to safety,

some zenith of rest,

where we can escape at last

from this brute slavery.

The days are long,


Lead me until I reach the shore of Your covenant.






Prayers from the Ark

 by Carmen Bernos de Gasztold

Translated by Rumer Godden