• If we may credit certain hints contained in the lives of the saints, love raises the spirit above the sphere of reverence and worship into one of laughter and dalliance: a sphere in which the soul says: 'Shall I, a gnat which dances in Thy ray, Dare to be reverent?'

    Coventry Patmore (2016). “The Root, the Rod and the Flower”, p.13, Lulu Press, Inc