Paulinus Pellaeus, Eucharisticus

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Paulinus Pellæus

Sancti Paulini1 Ευχαριστικον

Praefatio

(1) Scio quosdam inlustrium virorum pro suarum splendore virtutum ad perpetuandam suae gloriae dignitatem ephemeridem gestorum suorum proprio sermone conscriptam memoriae tradidisse. a quorum me praestantissimis meritis tam longe profecto quam ipsa temporis antiquitate discretum non utique ratio aequa consilii ad contexendum eiusdem prope materiae opusculum provocavit, cum mihi neque ulla sint gesta tam splendida, de quibus aliquam possim captare gloriolam, nec eloquii tanta fiducia ut facile audeam cuiusquam opera scriptoris aemulari, (2) sed, quod non piget confiteri, iamdudum me in peregrinatione diuturna aerumnosi otii maerore marcescentem misericordia, ut confido, divina ad huiusmodi me solacia affectanda pellexit, quae simul et bene sibi consciae senectuti et religioso proposito convenirent—ut, qui me scilicet totam vitam meam deo debere meminissem, totius quoque vitae meae actus ipsius devotos obsequiis exhiberem eiusdemque gratia concessa mihi tempora recensendo eucharisticon ipsi opusculum sub ephemeridis meae relatione contexerem, (3) sciens profecto et benignae ipsius misericordiae

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The Eucharisticus

The Thanksgiving Of St. Paulinus

The Preface

I know that among famous men there have been some who, in right of their brilliant qualities and to immortalise the eminence of their renown, have handed down to posterity a memoir of their doings compiled in their own words. Since I am of course as far removed from these in their outstanding worth as in point of time, it is certainly no similar reason and design which has induced me to put together a little work almost identical in subject; for I have neither any such brilliant achievements whereby I might hope to snatch some little gleam of fame, nor so great a confidence in my powers of expression as lightly to dare to challenge the work of any author. But—I am not ashamed to avow it— I, who in my lengthy pilgrimage have long languished in the misery of care-fraught idleness, have been led on, as I surely believe, by divine mercy to seek such consolations as befitted alike a good conscience in old age and a devout purpose; I mean that I, who indeed felt that I owed my whole life to God, should show that my whole life’s doings also have been subject to his direction; and that, by telling over the seasons granted me by his same grace, I should form a little work, a Thanksgiving to him, in the guise of a narrative memoir. For I know indeed both that the care of his kindly mercy was about

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.paulinus_pellaeus-eucharisticus.1921