Chapter I.—Acknowledgment of her
excellence and wisdom.
indeed is better than writing, inasmuch as, being one13751375
of the company of the senses, it not only, by communicating
proofs of friendship, honours him who receives them, but also, by those
which it in turn receives, enriches the desire for better things. But the
second harbour of refuge, as the phrase runs, is the practice of writing,
which we have received, as a convenient haven, by thy faith, from so
great a distance, seeing that by means of a letter we have learned the
excellence that is in thee. For the souls of the good, O thou wisest13761376 of women! resemble fountains of the
purest water; for they allure by their beauty passers-by to drink of
them, even though these should not be thirsty. And thy intelligence
invites us, as by a word of command, to participate in those divine
draughts which gush forth so abundantly in thy soul.