In a beginning...
What sort of Word art thou! Augustine asked,
for the Word existed in the beginning but was not made
while the universe was that
"Vast chain of being! which from God began,
Natures aethereal, human, angel, man,
Beast, bird, fish, insect..." - a crystal chain from God to the lowest dregs where one iota of change would
bring the whole crashing down as the end of time.