Helen C. White Prayer and Poetry Wimmer Lecture VIII* Prayer and poetry, while differing profoundly in their surface manifestations, have fundamentally very much in common. Both spring from the same deep ground of the spirit which has commanded man's fascinated attention from the dawn of consciousness, and which still eludes his most sophisticated probings in even this most self-conscious of centuries. Those hardy pioneers of the mind, the ancient Greeks, recognized the ageless challenge in the legend they put above the portals of the Oracle at Delphi, "G??d?? sea??d?," "Know thyself," and in the speculations of their wisest and greatest, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, discovered that they had embarked on an unending quest. And conversely, some eight centuries later another hardy adventurer into the undiscovered realms of the spiritual universe found that all searchings came home to that familiar mystery. "O Thou *This Wimmer Lecture VIII was delivered at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in 19^4 and published in i960 by the Archabbey Press. Copyright © 1 960 and permission to reprint by SaintVincent Archabbey. 2:3 SUMMER 1999 PRAYER AND POETRY Beauty of ancient days, yet ever new!" cried Saint Augustine of Hippo in one of the most ringing
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