David is first and middle and last

John Chrysostom

I stumbled on this great quote that is apocryphal John Chrysostom.

In the churches there are vigils, and David is first and middle and last.

In the singing of early morning hymns David is first and middle and last.

In the tents at funeral processions David is first and last.

In the houses of virgins there is weaving, and David is first and middle and last.

What a thing of wonder! Many who have not even made their first attempt at reading

know David by heart and recite him in order.

Yet it is not only in the cities and the churches that he is so prominent on every occasion

and with people of all ages; even in the fields and deserts and stretching into uninhabited wasteland, 

He rouses sacred choirs to God with greater zeal.

In the monasteries there is a holy chorus of angelic hosts, and David is first and middle and last.

In the deserts men crucified to this world hold converse with God, and David is first and middle and last.

And at night all people are dominated by physical sleep and drawn into the depths,

and David alone stands, by arousing all the servants of God to angelic vigils,

turning earth into heaven and making angels of us all.

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