XLI. How truly late I’ve loved You, faithful God!

Late have I loved Thee, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new! –St. Augustine, Confessions

How truly late I’ve loved You, faithful God!

How long I saw Your beauty and Your grace

And gave but part of me, ignoring prod

To seek you truly: Ignorance most base!

Unknowing was my heart, but guiltless, no:

And still it chooses comfort; Love ‘twill spurn,

Nostalgic for its old, accustomed woe

Until such hour it fully t’ward You turn.

O God of Goodness, turn it. Make it Yours.

Permit that I may praise Your patience sweet,

The patience that gives hope of heaven’s shores

And trust that my sore heart shall mercy meet.

For gentle are You, and Your mercy true

Gives sinners strength to strive to love anew.

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About Victoria Grefer

Victoria is a New Orleans girl, born and raised, with an appreciation for the charm of the Deep South. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish and English and a master's degree in Spanish literature, all from the University of Alabama. From the age of six she dreamed of becoming a writer, and her writing career begin in the third grade with a series of stories about herself and her friends solving mysteries. She self-published the Herezoth trilogy between 2012 and 2014 and is working on its second edition. She is soon to be a graduate student of theology.
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