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 […]

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 […]

Macaronic Verses

“TRUMPETER UNUS ERAT,” ETC. (Vol. xii., p. 226.) The macaronic verses of infancy and early boyhood have had such a run in your pages, that it is quite time those of a later age should take an innings. When I was a schoolboy, the verses asked for by X. ran as follows: Patres conscripti took a […]

The Worthy Gaelic

Tha Laideann coimhliont, Torrach, teann nas leòr, Ach ‘s sgalag thràilleil I don Ghàidhlig chòir. San Athen mhòir Bha ‘Ghreugais còrr ‘na tìm, Ach b’ ion di h-òrdag Chur fo h-òirchios grinn. Latin is perfect / fertile, and firm enough / but it is a slavish servant / compared to worthy Gaelic. / In great Athens […]

Collect for Purity

Deus cui omne cor patet et omnis voluntas loquitur: et quem nullum latet secretum: purifica per infusionem sancti spiritus cogitationes cordis nostri: ut te perfecte diligere et digne laudare mereamur, per dominum nostrum iesum christum filium tuum qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate eiusdem spiritus sancti deus, per omnia secula seculorum. Amen. Leofric Missal. […]

“I Learned It By Watching You!”

Yet, from letters which some of you have sent, and from many other sources, We learn that discordant practices have been introduced into the sacred liturgy by your communities or provinces (We speak of those only that belong to the Latin Rite). For while some are very faithful to the Latin language, others wish to […]

Altus Prosator “C”

CAPITULUM C TITLE: De transmigratione novem graduum principis. ARGUMENT: ‘Vidi stellam de celo cecidisse in terram’; et in Esaiâ, ‘Quomodo cecidisti Lucifer, qui mane oriebaris.’ CELI de regni apice stationis angelicae claritate prefulgoris venustate speciminis superbiendo ruerat lucifer quem formaverat apostataeque angeli eodem lapsu lugubri auctoris ceno-doxiae pervicacis invidiae ceteris remanentibus in suis principatibus. PRONE, […]

Altus Prosator “B”

CAPITULUM B Title: De formatione novem graduum, tribus praetermissis, non per ignorantiam, sed pro augustia capituli praetermisit. Argument: ‘Fiat lux, et facto, est.’ BONOS creavit angelos ordines et archangelos principatuum ac sedium potestatum virtutium uti non esset bonitas otiosa ac maiestas trinitatis in omnibus largitatis muneribus sed haberet celestia in quibus previgilia ostenderet magnopere possibili […]

Altus Prosator “A”

CAPITULUM A Title: De unitate et Trinitate trium personarum. Argument: Vetustus dierum sedebat super sedem suam. (Daniel vii. 9.) ALTUS prosator vetustus dierum et ingenitus erat absque origine primordii et crepidine est et erit in secula seculorum infinita cui est unigenitus christus et sanctus spiritus coeternus in gloria dietatis perpetuae non tris deos depromimus sed unum […]

Nobody Reads the Bible

Nobody reads the Bible; popes and bishops are always telling us to read the Bible, and when you produce a translation of the Bible, the only thing people complain about is your rendering of the diminutive snippets that are read out in church on Sundays. ‘Of course,’ they add, ‘the book is alright for private […]

The Maist Honorable and Ancient Place in Scotland

Colmkill. Narrest this be twa myles of sea, layes the ile the Erische callit I-colm-Kill, that is, Sanct Colm’s ile, ane faire mayne ile of twa myle lange and maire, and ane myle braid, fertill, and fruitfull of corne and store, and guid for fishing. Within this ile there is a monastery of mounckes, ane […]