SYMEON THE NEW THEOLOGIAN (+1022)
Byzantine monk and poet
How are You at once the source of fire,
how also the fountain of dew?
How do You make gods of us humans?
how do You make darkness light?
How do You make one re-ascend from hell?
how do You make us mortals imperishable?
How do You draw darkness to light?
how do You triumph over night?
How do You illumine the heart?
how do You transform us entirely?
How do You become one with us?
how do You make us children of God…?
How is it I embrace You
yet see You spread
across the heavens?