Late Have I Loved You

A famous Augustinian prayer, on this Feast Day of St. Augustine:

Late have I loved you,
Beauty so old and so new:
Late have I loved you.

And see, you were within
And I was within the external world
And sought you there,
And in my unlovely state
I plunged into those lovely created things
which you made
The lovely things kept me far from you
Though if they did not have their existence in you
They had no existence at all.

You called and cried out loud
And shattered my deafness
You were radiant and resplendent,
You put to flight my blindness.
You were fragrant,
And I drew in my breath and now pant after you.
I tasted you,
And I feel but hunger and thirst for you.
You touched me,
And I am set on fire to attain the peace which is yours.

~ St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions 10.27

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About middlingpoet

From the Gawain poet to Rainer Maria Rilke: I love traditional poetry.
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