Sweet all at once…

How sweet all at once it was for me
to be rid of those fruitless joys
which I had once feared to lose…
You drove them from me,
you who are the true, the sovereign joy.
You drove them from me and took their place,
you who are sweeter than all pleasure,
though not to flesh and blood,
you who outshine all light,
yet are hidden deeper than any secret in our hearts,
you who surpass all honor,
though not in the eyes of men who see
all honor in themselves…
O Lord my God, my Light, my Wealth, and
my Salvation.
~ St. Augustine

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