The Divine Love
The two treatises De Laude Caritatis and
De Amore Sponsi ad Sponsam

Hugh of St Victor

Translated by A Religious of C.S.M.V.
Edited by Matthew C. Dallman

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So much already have I said of charity, and yet much remains that could and should be said, and just as much for which there are no words. What, then, good charity, dear charity, what can I fitly say in praise of you? Assuredly, so many having lauded you so greatly in the past, my insignificance would not have dared to speak of you at all, have I been able ever to have said enough.

Descend on us, therefore, O sweet and lovely charity, enlarge our heart and widen our desire, extend the vessel of our mind, increase the space within the dwelling of our heart, so that it may be big enough to hold God as its Guest and its Inhabitant. May our sole Redeemer and Saviour, Jesus Christ the Son of God, impour you and outpour you on our hearts through His Holy Spirit, that He Himself together with the Father may deign to come to us, and make His dwelling in us, Who with the same Father and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth God to ages of ages.