As Beauty Bids

Beauty bids all things come

  to itself (and thus

we call it beauty).

Just so, it gathers

       all things trembling

          fully to itself.

We speak of it as beauty

      since it is

the all-comely,

and also tenders

a compelling glimpse

of Beauty-Beyond-All.


–  Scott Cairns in Love’s Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life

As Beauty Bids is based on the writing of Saint Denys the Areopagite (c. 440 – c. 530), perhaps better known as Pseudo-Dionysios.


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