Friday, May 06, 2016


A Capuchin's Sermon Against Paganism

Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta Adespota 618 (my translation):
One, in truth, one god there is,
who created heaven and wide earth
and sea's grey swell and winds' forces.
But we mortals, many of us, deceived in heart,
set up as consolation of woes        5
images of gods from stones or figures
of bronze or gold or ivory.
Adorning them with sacrifices and vain festivals,
in this way we suppose that we are pious.

εἷς ταῖς ἀληθείαισιν, εἷς ἐστιν θεός,
ὃς οὐρανόν τ' ἔτευξε καὶ γαῖαν μακράν
πόντου τε χαροπὸν οἶδμα καὶ ἀνέμων βίας.
θνητοὶ δὲ πολλοὶ καρδίαν πλανώμενοι,
ἱδρυσάμεσθα πημάτων παραψυχήν        5
θεῶν ἀγάλματ' ἐκ λίθων ἢ χαλκέων
ἢ χρυσοτεύκτων ἢ ἐλεφαντίνων τύπους·
θυσίας τε τούτοις καὶ κενὰς πανηγύρεις
στέφοντες οὕτως εὐσεβεῖν νομίζομεν.
Text and apparatus from R. Kannicht and B. Snell, edd., Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta, Vol. 2: Fragmenta Adespota (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1981), pp. 170-171 (relevant portions stitched together into a single image):

A.C. Pearson, The Fragments of Sophocles, Vol. III (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1917), pp. 173-174 (from which I borrowed Bernay's description of the fragment as the title of this post):

I find that if I click on these images with Google's Chrome browser, and then click once again, they become large enough for my weak eyes to read.

Thanks to Ian Jackson for his help.

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