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53. We can see all those things which thou hast made because
they are--but they are because thou seest them.
And we see with our eyes that they are, and we see with
our minds that they are good. But thou sawest them as made
when thou sawest that they would be made.
And now, in this present time, we have been moved to do
well, now that our heart has been quickened by thy Spirit;
but in the former time, having forsaken thee, we were moved
to do evil.
But thou, O the one good God, hast never ceased to do good!
And we have accomplished certain good works by thy good
gifts, and even though they are not eternal, still we hope,
after these things here, to find our rest in thy great sanctification.
But thou art the Good, and needest no rest, and art always
at rest, because thou thyself art thy own rest.
What man will teach men to understand this? And what angel
will teach the angels? Or what angels will teach men? We
must ask it of thee; we must seek it in thee; we must knock
for it at thy door. Only thus shall we receive; only thus
shall we find; only thus shall thy door be opened.
had no models before him, for such earlier writings as the
Meditations of Marcus Aurelius and the autobiographical
sections in Hilary of Poitiers and Cyprian of Carthage have
only to be compared with the Confessions to see how
different they are.