Anima mea desideravit te in nocte 
Sources and parallels
References, across this site, to this page:
IconclassIn darkness the human soul is guided by sacred love who holds a lantern
- God's perfections [11A23]
- Christ and the Soul [11D51]
- devotion, piety; 'Divotione' (Ripa) [11Q0]
- nimbus, halo ~ radiance emanating from persons or things [22C311]
- night [23R14]
- stars [24D]
- stars in the firmament [24F2]
- birds (+ wings of an animal) [25F3(+342)]
- low hill country [25H114]
- arm stretched forward (+ indicating, pointing at) [31A2512(+931)]
- index finger upwards [31A25551]
- adolescent, young woman, maiden [31D13]
- the soul during lifetime [31G1]
- lantern (+ kindling a light; lit, burning light, lamp, candle) [41B33(+1)]
- getting lost; having lost one's way; losing one's way [46C519]
- prayer of Isaiah and apparition of God (Isaiah 26:9, 45:6) [71O311]
- proverbs, sayings, etc. (with TEXT) [86(ANIMA MEA DESIDERAVIT TE IN NOCTE)]
Met mijn ziel heb ik U begeerd in den nacht (Statenvertaling, 1637); Anima mea desideravit te in nocte (Vulgata, Isaias propheta 26:9).
Moses, who led the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, and in the desert for 40 years. Before he could do this, God had to unleash the Ten Plagues upon Egypt. Total darkness was the ninth plague (Exodus 7:14-Exodus 12).
not worthy of ...
The nymph Callisto was seduced by Jupiter, and afterwards changed into a bear by Hera. Being pursued by her own son and the Arcadians, she was about to be killed but Zeus saved her and put her among the stars.
A mythical people named Cimmerians are described in Book 11, 14 of Homer's Odyssey as living beyond the Oceanus, in a land of fog and darkness, at the edge of the world and the entrance of Hades
In Norway ("Noordsche Maen") the moon is hardly visible in summertime, and can only be seen during six days of every month.
Committing a sin is being compared to a crime, and because of this crime the soul lives in darkness (see also 1 Joh. 2). The absence of the sun (God) and presence of sin, or the absence of sin and the presence of sun are more than once mentioned in the Bible (see for instance Ps. 84:12, Mal. 3:20, Spr. 4: 18-19)
In Egypt, at the Cimmerans, in Pluto's realm and up north darkness ruled over the sun: just like there is darkness in the life of this soul. Sins have blinded the soul completely. Unlike a blind man, the soul does not experience differences between day and night anymore. Yet, the soul hopes to escape this darkness through God's grace, but there is little hope.
day and night follow each other up in their normal routine
the sun and moon
The soul realizes she will be in darkness for ever, and fear and hates in. The sunrise is unnoticed by the soul, who nevertheless prays for light.
The soul remembers the time she was living in darkness and blindness, without God, the world's Light (see also Joh. 8:12; Joh. 9:5; Joh. 1:9; Joh. 12:46; Joh. 3:19).