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Concerned that his love of music might only strengthen his sensuality and thus jeopardize his conversion to Christianity, Saint Augustine produced "De Musica". This saving response identified "numeri" (numbers or ratios) existing in music and serving as structures placed in the human soul by God to guide souls through finite time into eternity. Such structures were congruent with time itself and with the "numeri" which guided the cosmos. Added to this project was the task of rejecting the ancient notion of time as cyclical.