His Cross clasps the four corners of the world

Homer once sang of his Hellenes and Trojans

and Vergil composed verse about the descendants

of Romulus;

Let us sing about the kindly deeds of the king

of Heaven

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

this world.

They were both learned in how to compose


with an appearance of truth and how to deceive an

Arcadian verse;

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)

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