|Text source||K. Bentein, F. Bernard, M. De Groote, K. Demoen 2009, Book Epigrams in Honor of the Church Fathers: Some Inedita from the Eleventh Century, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies (GRBS), 49(2), 281-294: 289-290|
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|Editorial status||Critical text|
|Critical Notes||8 στωμυλμάτων ] στομυλμάτων Ambros.gr. A 152 sup.
17 εὐχύλου ] εὐχίλου Ambros.gr. A 152 sup.
(Bentein 2009: 290)
If you have truly condemned sinfulness
and if you have really declared to flee wordly life,
monk, then don’t decline to hold the book of John,
abundantly rich with ascetic paths,
constantly before your eyes with desire.
If indeed you want to walk its paths steadfastly,
with affectionate love and wise devotion,
you shall fearfully keep away from the shouts and cries of mocking small-talk,
from the great nonsense of urban jesting
and from idle glory, altogether.
You shall not prefer things of corruption over better things!
Instead of pleasure and luxury
you shall find sweet suffering; instead of the glory now yours,
cliffs and mountains; instead of a well-carved chamber,
a hard rock; instead of a luxurious way of life,
a small lump of bread; instead of fancy robes,
you shall have a goatskin; instead of succulent drinks
transparent water. Bread, no more than necessary:
hymns shall be your meal, your dish shall consist of singing psalms;
squalor shall be your ornament, pallor your brilliance;
your belly shall flee the filling with mere excrements.
Those are the gifts of good conduct I declare to you,
mortal being: sketch them, replete with awe, in your mind,
and take the path of the Lord at once.
|Number of verses||24|
|Identification||Vassis ICB 2005, 192: "In Ioann. Climacum"|