Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | September 13, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Late Have I Loved You

by St. Augustine (4th century).
 
Late Have I Loved You

Late have I loved You
O beauty every ancient, ever new!
Late have I loved You
And behold,
You were within; and I without,
and without I sought You.
And deformed I ran after these forms
of beauty You have made.

You were with me
And I was not with You.
Those things held me back from You,
things whose only being
was to be in You.

You called; You cried;
and You broke through my deafness.
You flashed; You shone;
and you chased away my blindness.
You became fragrant;
and I inhaled and sighed for You.

I tasted
and now hunger and thirst
for You.

You touched me;
and I burned for Your embrace.

 

Notes:
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02084a.htm
http://www.timelineindex.com/content/view/510


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