I Came To Love You Too Late

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I came to love you too late, Oh Beauty,
so ancient and so new. Yes,
I came to love you too late. What did I know?

You were inside me, and I was
out of my body and mind looking
for you.

I drove like an ugly madman against
the beautiful things and beings
you made.

You were inside me, but I was not inside you. . . .
You called to me, you cried to me; you broke the bowl
of my deafness; you uncovered my beams and threw them
at me; you rejected my blindness; you blew a fragrant wind
on me, and

I sucked in my breath and wanted you; I tasted you
and now I want you as I want food and water; you
touched me, and I have been burning ever since to
have your peace.

~ Saint Augustine

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