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37. Mariam} This line assumes that, in favour of which are many probabilities, but no absolute proof, namely, that the woman who was a sinner, (Luke vii. 37,) was no other than Mary Magdalene. Their identity, on the authority of Gregory the Great, who had so decided the question, was taken for granted during all the middle ages, as indeed it is to a great extent in our common lan
Oro supplex et acclinis,
51. It is not wonderful that a poem such as this should have continually allured, and continually defied, translators. We have several versions in English, beginning with a very noble one by Crashaw, in his Steps to the Temple, London, 1648, p. 105; it is in quatrains, and rather a reproduction than a translation; and including one by Walter Scott. In German they are yet more numerous, and there also include highest names, such as Herder, Fichte, and Augustus Schlegel. I have a volume before me by Lisco, exclusively dedicated to these. It was published in 1840, and contains forty-three versions. And in an Appendix, which followed three years after, seventeen inore are given, which either had before escaped the editor's notice, or had been published since the publication of his book. Among these, it is true, there is one French and one Romaic; but all the rest are German.
LXIV. (Walraff,} Corolla Hymnorum, p. 23; Daniel, Thes
. Hymnol., v. 2, p. 349.-- This little poem, so perfect in its kind, might fitly have had its place among the earlier hymns upon the Passion, pp. 113–133, and may strike some as out of due order here. But the sublime and awful judgement-hymns which have just gone before, seem to want one of this nature-one which should set forth Him, in whom and through whose cross alone there shall be no condemnation there as a transitional hymn to those which presently follow, and of which the theme is everlasting life. I may be excused perhaps for setting beside these lines, some of Calderon's, of no inferior grace, and on the same theme:
Arbol, donde el cielo quiso
Solo por los pecadores.
Tree, which heaven has willed to dower
Prudentii Opp., ed. Obbarius, 1845, p. 41.—These lines, the crowning glory of the poetry of Prudentius, form only a part (the concluding part) of his tenth Cathemerinān. But it has long been the custom to contemplate them apart from their context
, independent poem. This continued till a late day as the favourite funeral-hymn in the
Evangelical Church in Germany, being used either in the original, or in the fine old translation, Hört auf mit Trauern und Klagen.
and as an