late have I loved you… (1)
Teach me to seek you,
for I cannot seek you
unless you teach me,
or find you
unless you show yourself to me.
Let me seek you in my desire,
Let me desire you in my seeking.
Let me find you by loving you,
Let me love you when I find you. (2)
and I sought you outside and in my ugliness fell
upon those lovely things that you have made.
You were with me and I was not with you.
I was kept from you by those things,
yet had they not been in you,
they would not have been at all… (1)
Lord, where shall I find you?
High and hidden is your place.
And where shall I not find you?
The world is full of your glory.
I have sought your nearness,
With all my heart I called you
and in going out to meet you
I found you coming in to meet me. (3)
and you sent forth your light and shone upon me,
and chased away my blindness;
You breathed fragrance upon me,
and I drew in my breath and do not pant for you:
I tasted you and I now hunger and thirst for you;
you touched me, and I have burned for your peace.” (1)
(An adaptation of three prayers as annotated: 1. Saint Augustine, 2. Saint Anselm, 3. Judah Halevi)
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