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Stanzas Addressed to Fellow Ecclesiastics — Anon EcclVII

Anonymous Poems

Jonathan Grove 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Stanzas Addressed to Fellow Ecclesiastics’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 471-5.

 

Ad te, care ave, mitto;
audi nostrum carmen laudis;
factus esto fratrum recte
flore decus seniorum.
Presta, summe Pater, castam
plene fidem Audoeno,
†aminaui† ut tu, Numen,
isto uiro prebuisti.
 
‘I send [this] to you, dear grandsire; hear our song of praise; flowering, may you be rightly made a splendour of the senior brethren. Bestow, Highest Father, spotless faith abundantly upon Audoenus, just as you, Godhead, have granted to that man ‘aminaui’.
Esto, consors caste,
cura mente purus;
sume tibi, Thoma,
tutum fide scutum.
Vive intus, ave,
ortus celi porta;
inde gregis grandis
gaude Christi laude.
 
‘Chaste colleague, through attentiveness be pure in thought; take upon yourself, Thomas, the sheltering shield of faith. Having arisen, grandsire, dwell in the gateway of Heaven; then rejoice in the great congregation’s praise of Christ.
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