the beauty of the mind

If the beauty of Paradise
    strikes us with astonishment,
how much more should we be astonished
    at the beauty of the mind:
one is the product of nature,
    the other of the will.
Free will was envious
    of the Garden
and from itself brought forth
    victorious fruits
whose crowns vanquish
    the very splendors of Paradise.

—St. Ephrem the Syrian, from the sixth Hymn on Paradise
[trans. Sebastian Brock]

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