The vision of the splendor of creation, like all kinds, lays a duty upon one who has been fortunate enough to receive it, a duty in his turn to create works which are as worthy of what he has seen as his feeble capacities will permit. And many have listened and obeyed. It has been, I am quite certain, the initial cause of all genuine works of art and, I believe, of all genuine scientific inquiry and discovery for it is the wonder which is, as Plato said, the beginning of every kind of philosophy.
— W. H. Auden, “Introduction to The Protestant Mystics”
anthologized in Forewords and Afterwords