Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Quote du Jour: Philosophy's Prayer

from Boethius: Consolation of Philosophy, Book III, Meter 9 [tr. Joel C. Relihan]:

Grant to the mind, Father, that it may rise to your holy foundations;
Grant it may ring round the source of the Good, may discover the true light,
And fix the soul's vision firmly on you, vision keen and clear-sighted.
Scatter these shadows, dissolve the dead weight of this earthly concretion,
Shine in the splendor that is yours alone: only you are the bright sky,
You are serenity, peace for the holy; their goal is to see you;
You are their source, their conveyance, their leader, their path, and their haven.