LATE HAVE I LOVED YOU, O beauty so ancient and so new.
Late have I loved you! You were within me while I have gone outside to seek you. Unlovely myself, I rushed towards all those lovely things you had made. And always you were with me, and I was not with you.
All these beauties kept me far from you – although they would not have existed at all unless they had their being in you.
you shattered my deafness.
you drove away my blindness.
You shed your fragrance, and I drew in my breath, and I pant for you. I tasted and now I hunger and thirst. You touched me, and now I burn with longing for your peace.
–St. Augustine of Hippo