Friday, August 25, 2017


Prayer of John Mauropus

Prayer of John Mauropus (11th century), tr. Robert Browning, The Byzantine Empire, rev. ed. (Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1992), p. 133:
If you are willing to spare any pagans from your punishment, my Christ, may you choose Plato and Plutarch for my sake. For both clung closely in word and in deed to your laws. If they did not know that you are Lord of all, only your charity is needed here, through which you are willing to save all men for nothing in return.
The Greek, in Iohannis Euchaitorum Metropolitae Quae in Codice Vaticano Graeco 676 Supersunt, ed. Paul de Lagarde (Göttingen: Dieterich, 1882), p. 24, number 43:
Εἴπερ τινὰς βούλοιο τῶν ἀλλοτρίων
τῆς σῆς ἀπειλῆς ἐξελέσθαι, Χριστέ μου,
Πλάτωνα καὶ Πλούταρχον ἐξέλοιό μοι·
ἄμφω γὰρ εἰσὶ καὶ λόγον καὶ τὸν τρόπον
τοῖς σοῖς νόμοις ἔγγιστα προσπεφυκότες.
εἰ δ' ἠγνόησαν ὡς Θεὸς σὺ τῶν ὅλων,
ἐνταῦθα τῆς σῆς χρηστότητος δεῖ μόνον,
δι' ἣν ἅπαντας δωρεὰν σῲζειν θέλεις.
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