The Divine Paradox

A God, and yet a man?
A maid, and yet a mother?
Wit wonders that wit can
Conceive this, or the other.

A God, and can He die?
a dead man, can He love?
What wit can well reply?
What reason reason give?

God, truth itself, doth teach it.
Man’s wit sinks too far under
By reason’s power to reach it.
Believe, and leave to wonder!

—author unknown, “The Divine Paradox” (16th century)

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