|Title(s)||Διονυσίῳ θείῳ ἱεράρχῃ. Γρηγόριος ταῦτα|
|Text source||S. De Groot 2021, Readers' Perspectives on Early Christian Texts. Book Epigrams in the Byzantine Manuscripts of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Gent: 122-132|
|Text status||Text completely known|
|Editorial status||Critical text|
|Subject(s)||Pseudo-Dionysios the Areopagite (5th c. - 6th c.)|
Verses on Dionysius, the holy hierarch, by Gregory
After having adorned the charmless appearances of the studies below
with the colours of the Gospels,
You shed a light that transcends the mind with your words.
all that is delightful in a mystical vision,
You, without flesh, write for us who are in the flesh
after having entered into the darkness which cannot be expressed or contemplated.
You arrange the steps and a wise ascent.
So that the smoke of our soul’s taints may be
Directly scattered by the divinely operating rays,
and, bit by bit, by releasing our flesh,
You bring us at once to the illumination of the angels.
Through whom we, as minds, encounter mirrors,
From this [illumination] comprehending this grace.
From the changeable things you have put together
for us a threefold embrace with the beautiful immutabilities.
From the divine ardent brightness,
You lead with clarity to the storehouses of the soul,
thus disposing the darkness of deceit far away.
Those things are beautiful, and may you obtain beautiful rewards,
In exchange for which you guide us devoutly, Father.
|Comment||This epigram also occurs in three other manuscripts, where it does not function as a book epigram:
1) the 14th-century manuscript Athens, Bibliotheke tes Boules 84;
2) the 15th/16th-century manuscript Athens, Ethnike Bibliotheke tes Hellados, Metochion Pan. Taphou 797;
3) the 18th-century manuscript Chennevières-sur-Marne, Coll. S. Eustratiades, Sans cote 893. The current whereabouts of this manuscript are unknown.
|Number of verses||20|
|Identification||Vassis ICB 2005, 474: "Gregorius hieromon., In Dionys. Areopagitam"|