An Increase of Evils

My mind is, if I must write the truth, to keep clear of every conference of bishops, for of conference never saw I good come, or a remedy so much as an increase of evils. For there is strife and ambition, and these have the upper hand of reason. St. Gregory Nazianzen, Ep. 55 (as […]

Altus Prosator “F”

CAPITULUM F TITLE: De laude Dei ab angelis in quarta feria dicentes Sanctus Sanctus Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth. ARGUMENT: ‘Quando feci celum et terram collaudaverunt me angeli’; ut in Sapientia Salomonis dicitur. Factis simul sideribus etheris luminaribus collaudaverunt angeli factura praemirabili immensae molis dominum opificem celestium preconia laudabile debito et immobile concentuque egregio grates egerunt […]

Tae Oor Dear Native Scenes

Poem Inspired by a Gaelic Topography of Balquhidder Parish: Rev. Alex MacGregor, EUP 1886 The Cloud Collector: Poems & Story in Scots & English (Maud, Aberdeenshire: Lochlands 2015) by Sheena Blackhall Field of the land producing thatch Shieling of grinding wheat Burn beside the dun coloured dell Burn of the mournful bleat Burn of the black […]

Altus Prosator “E”

CAPITULUM E TITLE: De creatione elementorum mundi et hominis regentis ea postea more regis. ARGUMENT: ‘In principio fecit Deus celum et terram’ ut in Genesi dicitur.–(Gen. i. 1.) Excelsus mundi machinam previdens et armoniam caelum et terram fecerat mare et aquas condidit herbarum quoque germina virgultorum arbuscula solem lunam ac sidera ignem ac necessaria aves […]

Eyesight of the Mind

“Certainly,” he said, “I do wish very much to be settled either in the English Church or somewhere else. I wish I knew what Christianity was; I am ready to be at pains to seek it, and would accept it eagerly and thankfully, if found. But it’s a work of time; all the paper-arguments in the world […]

De Chrenecruda

Si quis hominem occiderit et totam facultatem data habuerit unde tota lege conpleat XII juratores donare debet quod nec super terram nec subtus terram plus facultatem non habeat quam jam donavit. Et postea debet in casa sua introire et de quattuor angulos terrae in pugno collegere et sic postea in duropullo hoc est in limitare […]

Out of Time

You think me reckless, desperate and mad. You argue by results, as this world does, To settle if an act be good or bad. You defer to the fact. For every life and every act Consequence of good and evil can be shown. And as in time results of many deeds are blended So good […]

One Red Rose

Charter under the Great Seal by King James III. to Colin Earl of Argyll, of the keeping of the Castle of Dunoon in Cowall.—18 Jan. 1472. Jacobus Dei gratia Rex Scotorum Omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre sue clericis et laicis salutem. Sciatis quod commisimus, et tenore presentium committimus dilecto consanguineo nostro Colino Comiti de Ergile, […]

The Union Is Dissolved

The State of South Carolina has recorded herself before the universe. In reverence before God, fearless of man, unawed by power, unterrified by clamor, she has cut the Gordian knot of colonial dependence upon the North — cast her fortune upon her right, and her own right arm, and stands ready to uphold alike her […]

“Claw for Claw”

“Claw for claw,” as St Conan said to the devil. The expression “blow for blow” occurs in Waverley, and in a note the following explanation is given of it. In the Irish ballads relating to Fingal, or Fion, there occurs, as in the primitive poetry of most nations, a cycle of heroes, each of whom […]

Mary Aggie and Benefit of Clergy in Virginia

Miserere mei, Deus, secundum magnam misericordiam tuam; et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam. Psalmus 50. iii. LAWS OF VIRGINIA, MAY 1732−−5th & 6th GEORGE II. CHAP. VII. An Act for settling some doubts and differences of opinion, in relation to the benefit of Clergy; for allowing the same to Women; and taking away […]