God showed his love and esteem for it from on high, saying
“Let us come to the aid of these men and assist them quickly because
they are living a good life.” No, our life was displeasing to him, but
what he did in us was not displeasing to him. He will, therefore,
condemn what we have done, but he will save what he himself has done in us.
do I sigh day and night. When I first came to know you, you drew me to yourself
so that I might see that there were things for me to see, but that I myself was not
yet ready to see them. Meanwhile, you overcame the weakness of my vision,
sending forth most strongly the beams of your light,
and I trembled at once with love and dread.
I learned that I was in a region unlike yours and far distant from you.
I sought a way to gain the strength which I needed to enjoy you.
You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for
you. In my unloveliness, I plunged into the lovely things which you created.
You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you;
yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all. You called,
you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone,
and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath
and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more.
You touched me, and I burned for your peace.