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We will not malign our river as gross and impure, while it can glorify itself with so adequate a picture of the heaven that broods above it; or, if we remember its tawny hue and the muddiness of the bed, let it be a symbol that the earthliest human soul has an infinite spiritual capacity, and may contain the better world within its depths.
Moreover, the beauty issues from the encounter, and within the depths of the "earthliest," not transcendent, soul.
The result is not as convincing as it might have been had caritas been left to govern the realm of Cistercian spiritual motivation rather than being transposed onto the earthliest of realms.