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out the ducts; who He who spreadeth out the spleen; who he who shapeth heart like to a pyramid; who He 
who setteth ribs together; who He who wideneth the liver out; who He who maketh lungs like to a sponge; 

who He who maketh belly stretch so much; who he who doth make prominent the parts most honorable, so 

that they may be seen, while hiding out of sight those of least honor?


7. Behold how many arts [employed] on one material, how many labors on one single sketch; and all 

exceeding fair, and all in perfect measure, yet all diversified! Who made them all? What mother, or what sire, 
save God alone, unmanifest, who hath made all things by His Will?



8. And no one saith a statue or a picture comes to be without a sculptor or [without] a painter; doth [then] 
such workmanship as this exist without a Worker? What depth of blindness, what deep impiety, what depth 

of ignorance! See, [then] thou ne'er, son Tat, deprivest works of Worker!


Nay, rather is He greater than all names, so great is He, the Father of them all. For verily He is the Only One, 

and this is His work, to be a father.


9. So, if thou forcest me somewhat too bold, to speak, His being is conceiving of all things and making 

[them].


And as without its maker its is impossible that anything should be, so ever is He not unless He ever makes all 

things, in heaven, in air, in earth, in deep, in all of cosmos, in every part that is and that is not of everything. 

For there is naught in all the world that is not He.


He is Himself, both things that are and things that are not. The things that are He hath made manifest, He 

keepeth things that are not in Himself.


10. He is the God beyond all name; He the unmanifest, He the most manifest; He whom the mind [alone] can 

contemplate, He visible to the eyes [as well]; He is the one of no body, the one of many bodies, nay, rather 
He of every body.



Naught is there which he is not. For all are He and He is all. And for this cause hath He all names, in that they 
are one Father's. And for this cause hath He Himself no nome, in that He's Father of [them] all.



Who, then, may sing Thee praise of Thee, or [praise] to Thee?


Whither, again, am I to turn my eyes to sing Thy praise; above, below, within, without?


There is no way, no place [is there] about Thee, nor any other thing of things that are.



All [are] in Thee; all [are] from Thee, O Thou who givest all and takest naught, for Thou hast all and naught 
is there Thou hast not.



11. And when, O Father, shall I hymn Thee? For none can seize Thy hour or time.


For what, again, shall I sing hymn? For things that Thou hast made, or things Thou hast not? For things Thou 

hast made manifest, or things Thou hast concealed?


How, further, shall I hymn Thee? As being of myself? As having something of mine own? As being other? 


For that Thou art whatever I may be; Thou art whatever I may do; Thou art whatever I may speak.




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