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 Main Index : Writings : Augustine : Confessions : Book 10 : Chapter 29
Chapter 28 | Chapter 29 | Chapter 30

CONFESSIONS - BOOK TEN
CHAPTER XXIX

40. My whole hope is in thy exceeding great mercy and that alone. Give what thou commandest and command what thou wilt. Thou commandest continence from us, and when I knew, as it is said, that no one could be continent unless God gave it to him, even this was a point of wisdom to know whose gift it was.(see note 346) For by continence we are bound up and brought back together in the One, whereas before we were scattered abroad among the many.(see note 347) For he loves thee too little who loves along with thee anything else that he does not love for thy sake, O Love, who dost burn forever and art never quenched. O Love, O my God, enkindle me! Thou commandest continence; give what thou commandest, and command what thou wilt.

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