Homer once sang of his Hellenes and Trojans
and Vergil composed verse about the descendants
Let us sing about the kindly deeds of the king
whom the world never ceases joyously to praise.
Homer and Vergil took pleasure in speaking about
the flames that brought
sudden destruction to Troy and about the struggles
of their heroes,
but our delight is to sing of Christ
drenched in blood after vanquishing the prince of
They were both learned in how to compose
with an appearance of truth and how to deceive an
we prefer to sing hymns of fine praise
to the power of the Father and His true wisdom.
Let us therefore hold the supreme victories of Christ
as brilliant stars in our minds.
Behold the four corners of the world are clasped by
the wooden cross.
- John Scotus (A.D. 810-877)