The fruits of the righteous
were more pleasing to the Knower of all
than the fruits
and produce of the treees.
The beauty that exists in nature
extolled the human mind,
and Paradise lauded
the flowers gave praise to virtuous life,
the Garden to free will,
and the earth to human thought.
Blessed is He who made Adam so great!
St. Ephrem the Syrian, Hymn VI on Paradise, 13