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Nunc me, nunc verò desertum, extrema secutum
Supplicia, et dulci procul à genetrice levatum, 15
Vertice ad usque pedes me lustra; en aspice crines
Sanguine concretos, et sanguinolenta sub ipsis
Colla comis, spinisque caput crudelibus haustum,
Undique diva pluens vivum super ora cruorem;
Compressos speculare oculos et luce carentes, 20
Afflictasque genas, arentem suspice linguam
Felle venenatam, et pallentes funere vultus.
Cerne manus clavis fixas, tractosque lacertos,
Atque ingens lateris vulnus; cerne inde fluorem
Sanguineum, fossosque pedes, artusque cruentos.

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Flecte genu, innocuo terramque cruore madentem
Ore petens humili, lacrymis perfunde subortis,
Et me nonnunquam devoto in corde, meosque
Fer monitus, sectare meæ vestigia vitæ,
Ipsaque supplicia inspiciens, mortemque severam,

30 Corporis innumeros memorans animique dolores, Disce adversa pati, et propriæ invigilare saluti. Hæc monumenta tibi si quando in mente juvabit Volvere, si qua fides animo tibi ferre, meorum Debita si pietas et gratia digna laborum

35 Surget, erunt veræ stimuli virtutis, eruntque Hostis in insidias clypei, quibus acer in omni Tutus eris victorque feres certamine palmam.

XVII. MEDITATIONES.

ESERE jam, anima, lectulum soporis,

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Intus cor efferveat facibus amoris,
Recolens mirifica gesta Salvatoris.

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Mens, affectus, ratio, simul convenite,
Occupari frivolis ultra jam nolite;
Discursus, vagatio, cum curis abite,
Dum pertractat animus sacramenta vitæ.

XVII. Bibl. Max. Patrum, v. 27, p. 444.— These stanzas form part of a very long rhyined contemplation of our Lord's life and death, which is sometimes ascribed to Anselm, bishop of Lucca, a cotemporary of his more illustrious English namesake. He died 1086.-These trochaic lines of thirteen syllables long, disposed in mono-rhymed quatrains, were great favorites in the middle ages, and much used for narrative poems; and though, when too long drawn out, wearying in their monotony, and in the necessity of the pause falling in every line at exactly the same place, are capable both of strength and beauty. These Meditations have both ; and Du Méril has lately published, for the first time, a long poem on the death of Thomas à Becket (Poésies Popul. Lat., 1847, p. 81,) which will further yield a stanza or two, if such were wanted, in proof. They relate to the feigned reconciliation of Henry with the archbishop, by which he drew him from his safer exile in France :

Ægras dat inducias latro viatori,
Sabulo vis turbinis, vis procellæ flori;
Lupi cum oviculâ ludus est dolori;
Verè lupus lusor est qui dat dolo mori,
Ut post Syrtes mittitur in Charybdim navis,
Ut laxatis laqueis inescatur avis,
Sic remisit exulem malè pax suävis,
Miscens crucis poculum sub verborum favis.

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Jesu mi dulcissime, Domine coelorum,
Conditor omnipotens, Rex universorum,
Quis jam actus sufficit mirari gestorum,
Quæ te ferre compulit salus miserorum ?

Te de coelis caritas traxit animarum,
Pro quibus palatium deserens præclarum,
Miseram ingrediens vallem lacrymarum,
Opus durum suscipis, et iter amarum.

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Tristatur lætitia, salus infirmatur,
Panis vivus esurit, virtus sustentatur;
Sitit fons perpetuus, quo coelum potatur ;
Et ista quis intuens mira, non miratur ?

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Oh mira dignatio pii Salvatoris,
Oh verè mirifica pietas amoris;
Expers culpæ nosceris, Jesu, flos decoris,
Ego tui, proh dolor! causa sum doloris.

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Ego heu ! superbio, tu humiliaris;
Ego culpas perpetro, tu pænâ mulctaris;
Ego fruor dulcibus, tu felle potaris;
Ego peto mollia, tu durè tractaris.

ST BERNARD

ST. Bernard, born in 1091, of a noble family, at Fontaine

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in in 1115 first abbot of Clairvaux. He died Aug. 20, 1153. There have been other men, Augustine and Luther for instance, who by their words and writings have ploughed deeper and more lasting furrows in the great field of the Church, but probably no man during his lifetime ever exercised a personal influence in Christendom equal to his; who was the stayer of popular commotions, the queller of heresies, the umpire between princes and kings, the counsellor of popes, the founder, for so he may be esteemed, of an important religious order, the author of a crusade. Besides all deeper qualities which would not alone have sufficed to effect all this, he was gifted by nature and grace with rarest powers of persuasion, (Doctor mellifluus as he was rightly called, though the honey perhaps was sometimes a little too honied,) and seems to have exercised a wellnigh magical influence upon all those with whom he was brought into contact. The hymns which usually go by his name were judged away from him on very slight and insufficient grounds, by Mabillon, in his edition of St Bernard's works. But with the exception of the Cur mundus militat, there is no reason to doubt the correctness of their attribution to him. All internal evidence is in favour of him as their author. If he did not write, it is not easy to guess who could have written, them; and indeed they bear profoundly the stamp of his mind, being only inferior in beauty to his prose.

XVIII. ORATIO RHYTHMICA AD CHRISTUM

A CRUCE PENDENTEM.

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XVIII. Bernardi Opp., ed. Bened., Paris, 1719, v. 2, pp. 916, 919.The full title of the poem from which two of its seven portions, each however complete in itself, are here drawn, is commonly as follows: Rhythmica oratio ad unum quodlibet membrorum Christi patientis, et à cruce pendentis. I have chosen these two, the first and the last, because in a composition of such length, extending to nearly four hundred lines, it was necessary to make some selection ; yet its other divisions are of no inferior depth or beauty: quæ omnia, as Daniel says with merest truth, omnes divini amoris spirant æstus atque incendia, ut nil possit suavius dulciusque excogitari.

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