Prudentius

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War rages, horrid war
Even in our bones; our double nature sounds
With armèd discord.

Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (348 – c. 410) was a Roman Christian poet. His most influential poem, the Psychomachia is an allegory of the inner struggle between vice and virtue.

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  • Fervent bella horrida, fervent
    ossibus inclusa fremit et discordibus armis
    non simplex natura hominis.
    • War rages, horrid war
      Even in our bones; our double nature sounds
      With armèd discord.
    • Psychomachia, line 902; translation from C. S. Lewis The Allegory of Love (London: Oxford University Press, [1936] 1975) p. 72.
  • Nunc suscipe, terra, fovendum,
    gremioque hunc concipe molli.
    Hominis tibi membra sequestro,
    generosa et fragmina credo.
    • Take him, earth, for cherishing,
      To thy tender breast receive him.
      Body of a man I bring thee,
      Noble even in its ruin.
    • "Hymnus X: Ad Exequias Defuncti", line 125 ; translation from Helen Waddell Mediaeval Latin Lyrics (London: Constable, [1929] 1943) p. 45.
  • Illic, precor, optime ductor,
    famulam tibi praecipe mentem,
    genitali in sede sacrari
    quam liquerat exsul et errans.
    • Take, O take him, mighty Leader,
      Take again thy servant's soul,
      To the house from which he wandered
      Exiled, erring, long ago.
    • "Hymnus X: Ad Exequias Defuncti", line 165; translation from Helen Waddell Mediaeval Latin Lyrics (London: Constable, [1929] 1943) p. 47.

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