Tuesday, April 05, 2005


There have been too many deaths and losses lately. I couldn't find my copy of the Vulgate but ran across this in Medieval Latin Lyrics. It is the first stanza of Prudentius' "Burial of the Dead:"

Nunc suscipe, terra, fovendum,
gremioque hunc concipe molli.
hominis tibi membra sequesro,
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.)

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