was Brahman, without beginning or end, un-
born, luminous, free from decay, immutable,
eternal, unfathomable, not to be fully known."
Equally explicit are the utterances of some
of the Greek poets.
" One Self-begotten, from whom all things
sprang ;" is one of the lines attributed to the
"To God all things are easy, nought im-
possible ;" so sang Linus, a brother of the
same bright band. A fuller but not less
accurate description is given by Xenophanes—
" One God there is, greatest 'mongst gods and men ;
Not like to mortals, or in form or thought.
In full he sees, he hears, in full he knows,
And without labour doth his mind move all."
Another poet, Cleanthes, whom St. Paul
quotes in his famous speech to the Athenians,
strikes at the root of the exclusiveness arising
from the characteristic principle of ancient
idolatry, that a deity listens to no prayers ex-
cept from his own descendants, by proclaiming