O matchless beauty of our God

O matchless beauty of our God. Colin Thompson* (1945- ). Written in 1987, this was included in RS, subsequently in Lambeth Praise (1998) and Praise! (2000). It is based on a passage from the Confessions of St Augustine*, Book X [XXVII] 38. The ‘matchless beauty…so ancient and so new’ (verse 1) is from ‘Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new’, and the ‘late have I loved you’ opens Thompson’s verse 2 (‘How late we came to love you, Lord’). Verse 3 (‘You called and cried, yet we were deaf’) echoes Augustine’s ‘You called and cried out loud and shattered my deafness’; and it continues with ‘you shed your fragrance’ from Augustine’s ‘You were fragrant’. The end of the passage from the...

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