If you feel depressed, say this prayer by Marie Noël, the poet known as “the Auxerre warbler."
If you feel weary and tired or if you’re in a bad mood, say the prayer “My God who gives water to the spring every day” by Marie Noël (née Marie Rouget), a deeply Catholic French poet and writer whose lyrical style led her to be nicknamed after a songbird. This intense prayer will help you get rid of all despondency, and your low spirits will be replaced by the quest for happiness in finding God.
My God who gives water to the spring every day,
And the spring flows and the spring seeps,
Making room for the wind to take its course,
And the wind gallops through the night.
Give me something to dream about, as my mind wanders
From dreaming of the dawn to dreaming of the dusk,
As I endlessly listen to the earth speak
With the pink sky, with the black sky.
Give me something to sing, me the poor poet,
For people in a hurry, who come and go,
And who don’t have the time to hear in their head
The tunes of life and death.
But if you, my God, want me to sing to others
The song of happiness, the most beautiful song,
How will I do that if I haven’t learned it?
I will only invent a counterfeit.
Give me happiness if you want me to sing it,
Just to get a glimpse of what everyone knows,
Just enough to make my voice touching,
Just a little, almost nothing, so I know what it is.
A little – so little – the remains of gold powder
Or flour at the tip of my little finger,
Nothing, not even enough to fill my thimble,
Yet enough to fill the world.