I know that he who is far outside

the whole creation

Takes me within himself and

hides me in his arms,

And then I find myself outside the

whole world.

I, a frail, small mortal in the world,

Behold the Creator of the world,

all of him, within myself;

And I know that I shall not die,

for I am within the Life,

I have the whole of Life springing

up as a fountain within me.

He is in my heart, he is in heaven:

Both there and here he shows

himself to me with equal glory.

–Simeon the New Theologian (b. 949 d. 1022)