“Tears of gladness” by Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354-430)

“The days were all too short, for I was lost in wonder and joy, meditating upon Your far-reaching providence for the salvation of the human race. The tears flowed from me when I heard Your hymns and canticles, for the sweet singing of Your Church moved me deeply. The music surged in my ears, truth seeped into my heart, and my feelings of devotion overflowed, so that the tears streamed down. But they were tears of gladness.”

–Aurelius Augustine, Confessions, IX.vi.14. Trans. R.S. Pine-Coffin (New York: Penguin, 1961), 190.

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