Late Have I Loved Thee

29 Dec

I just started reading St Augustine’s Confessions. What a beautiful book. I am intrigued by his writings and the language of the time.

I appreciate the more abstract ways of expressing my faith. In new words and experiences, through feelings.

To be able to study words from another time in such an artful way.

To hear someone express thier faith and love with, “Behold, Lord, my heart is before Thee; open Thou the ears thereof, and say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.”

I love words..especially those from the earliest centuries.

How did I stumble upon such a book?? A song, written after the prayer. Thanks St Augustine!

Too late loved I Thee, O Thou Beauty of ancient days, yet ever new! too late I loved Thee! And behold, Thou wert within, and I abroad, and there I searched for Thee; deformed I, plunging amid those fair forms which Thou hadst made. Thou wert with me, but I was not with Thee. Things held me far from Thee, which, unless they were in Thee, were not at all. Thou calledst, and shoutedst, and burstest my deafness. Thou flashedst, shonest, and scatteredst my blindness. Thou breathedst odours, and I drew in breath and panted for Thee. I tasted, and hunger and thirst. Thou touchedst me, and I burned for Thy peace.

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