Nihil Obstat

by Jozef van Wissem

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Apology 07:50


The Virtue of Love is Nothing and All, or that Nothing visible out of
which All Things proceed; its Power is through All Things; its Height
is as high as God; its Greatness is as great as God. Its Virtue is the
Principle of all Principles; its Power supports the Heavens and
upholds the Earth; its Height is higher than the Highest Heavens; and
its Greatness is even greater than the very Manifestation of the
Godhead in the glorious Light of the Divine Essence, as being
infinitely capable of greater and greater Manifestations in all
Eternity. What can I say more? Love is higher than the Highest. Love
is greater that the Greatest. Yea, it is in a certain Sense greater
than God; while yet in the highest Sense of all, God is Love, and Love
is God. Love being the highest Principle, is the Virtue of all
Virtues; from whence they flow forth. Love being the greatest Majesty,
is the Power of all Powers, from whence they severally operate: And it
is the Holy Magical Root, or Ghostly Power from whence all the Wonders
of God have been wrought by the Hands of His elect Servants, in all
their Generations successively. Whosoever finds it, finds Nothing and
All Things.
from The Supersensual Life - Jakob Böhme, son of George Wissen,
farmer. (1624)


released April 23, 2013


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jozefvanwissem Rotterdam, Netherlands

Van Wissem is ‘both an avant-garde composer and a baroque lutenist, and thus no stranger to dichotomy,’ (New York Times). He has been ‘pushing the lute’s agenda out of the academy and into more accessible circles’ (Pitchfork).

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