Ever Old and Ever New

O God who transcends all,
how can we call you by any name?
What hymn of praise can we sing of you?
No name can describe you.
What mind can grasp you?
No intellect can conceive you.
You are beyond words;
and yet all that is spoken comes from you.
You are unknowable;
and yet all thought comes from you.
All creatures praise you,
both those who speak and those that are dumb.
All creatures bow down before you,
both those that can think and those that cannot.
the longing of the universe,
the groaning of creation reaches out to you.
Everything that exists prays to you,
and every creature that can read your universe
directs to you a hymn of silence.
In you alone do all things exist.
All things find their goal in you;
you are the destiny of every creature.
You are unique.
You dwell in all but are not any.
You are not an individual creature,
nor are you the sum of your creatures;
all names are yours; so how shall I address you,
You who alone cannot be named?
O God who transcends all, have mercy;
how can we call you by any name?
These words seem so  contemporary yet they are from the Dogmatic Poems of Gregory of Nazianzus who lived 329-389.
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