But how didst Thou speak? In the way that the voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son? For that voice
passed by and passed away, began and ended; the syllables sounded and passed away, the second after the first, the third after
the second, and so forth in order, until the last after the rest, and silence after the last. Whence it is abundantly clear
and plain that the motion of a creature expressed it, itself temporal, serving Thy eternal will. And these Thy
words, created for a time, the outward ear reported to the intelligent soul, whose inward ear lay listening to Thy Eternal
Word. But she compared these words sounding in time, with that Thy Eternal Word in silence, and said “It is different, far
different. These words are far beneath me, nor are they, because they flee and pass away; but the Word of my Lord abideth
above me for ever.” If then in sounding and passing words Thou saidst that heaven and earth should be made, and so madest
and earth, there was a corporeal creature before heaven and earth, by whose motions in time that voice might take his
course in time. But there was nought corporeal before heaven and earth; or if there were, surely Thou hadst, without such
a passing voice, created that, whereof to make this passing voice, by which to say, Let the heaven and the earth be made.
For whatsoever that were, whereof such a voice were made, unless by Thee it were made, it could not be at all. By what Word
Thou speak, that a body might be made, whereby these words again might be made?