Late have I loved you,
Beauty so ancient and so new,
late have I loved you!
Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for you,
and upon the shapely things you have made
I rushed headlong,
You were with me but I was not with you.
They held me back far from you,
those things which would have no being
were they not in you.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
you lavished your fragrance,
I gasped, and now I pant for you;
I tasted you, and I hunger and thirst;
you touched me, and I burned for your peace.
Source: St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430, Confessions, X, 27
Source of this version: http://www.deeper-devotion.net/augustine-confessions.html
Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992
“Now I pant for you” may be a reference to Psalm 42:1
“I tasted you” may be a reference to Psalm 34:8