This song sounds very seventies from the perspective of lyrics. Writen by Gregory Norbet in the seventies when he was still a monk, there is something vaguely disturbing about a line ” and for me that’s just where it is”. We’ve sung it a lot and I suppose in fifty years it will be a shining example of the best of mid twentieth century hymnody.
You could just use the refrain as a mantra and in that form it has been combined with what I think is a sufi chant.
You can hear a vocal and keyboard version here.
All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you.
Deep the joy of being together in one heart
and for me that’s just where it is.
As we make our way through all the joys and pain,
can we sense our younger, truer selves?
Someone will be calling you to be there for a while.
Can you hear their cry from deep within?
Laughter, joy and presence: the only gifts you are!
Have you time? I’d like to be with you.
Persons come into the fiber of our lives,
and then their shadows fade and disappear.
Forever as loving you.
Copyright © 1973
The Benedictine Foundation of the State of Vermont, Inc.,
Weston Priory, Weston, Vermont.
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