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autobiography to self-analysis. Augustine turns from his memories of the past
to the inner mysteries of memory itself. In doing so, he reviews his motives
for these written "confessions," and seeks to chart the path by which men
come to God. But this brings him into the intricate analysis of memory and
its relation to the self and its powers. This done, he explores the meaning
and mode of true prayer. In conclusion, he undertakes a detailed analysis
of appetite and the temptations to which the flesh and the soul are heirs,
and comes finally to see how necessary and right it was for the Mediator between
God and man to have been the God-Man.
1. Let me know thee, O my Knower; let me know thee even
as I am known. O Strength of my soul, enter
it and prepare it for thyself that thou mayest have and
hold it, without "spot or blemish." This is my hope, therefore have
I spoken; and in this hope I rejoice whenever I rejoice
aright. But as for the other things of this life, they deserve
our lamentations less, the more we lament them; and some
should be lamented all the more, the less men care for them.
For see, "Thou desirest truth"
and "he who does the truth comes to the light."
This is what I wish to do through confession in my heart
before thee, and in my writings before many witnesses.