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Life of Jesus Christ, of which some may remember a most offensive reproduction a few years since in England. If indeed that Psaltery of the Virgin be his, of which happily there are very considerable doubts, it is too plain that he did not merely acquiesce in that amount of worship of the creature which he found, but was also its enthusiastic promoter to a yet higher and wilder pitch than before it had reached. Luther, who calls him, Bonaventura, præstantissimus vir, could scarcely have supposed that it was with any right attributed to him. His Latin poetry is good, but does not call for any especial criticism.
XIX. Bonaventuræ Opp., Lugduni, 1668, v.6, p. 423.
35. secum] All are aware that there are, even in the Latin of the best age, some slight anticipations of the breaking down of the distinction between the demonstrative and the reflective pronouns. (Zumpt's Lat. Gramm., § 550.) In medieval Latin they are continually confounded, and the reflective put instead of the demonstrative, as here, and again in the next stanza.
Bone frater, quicquid agas,
Crucifixe, fac me fortem,
XX. DE PASSIONE DOMINI.
UANTUM hamum caritas tibi præsentavit,
Mori cùm pro homine te solicitavit;
Te quidem aculeus hami non latebat,
Ergo pro me misero, quem tu dilexisti,
Heu! cur beneficia Christi passionis
XX. Bonaventure Opp., v. 6, p. 424; Corner, Prompt. Devot.,
Suo quippe corpore languidum te pavit,
Oh! quàm dulce balneum, esca quàm suävis,
Cor ignavi siquidem minimè perpendit
Hoc reclinatorium quoties monstratur