Friday, December 28, 2018
A Work of Devotion
Despite the difficulties with the Dean, Hugh was regular in his attendance in the Peterhouse chapel, dressed as a Doctor of Divinity. In the stall reserved for the Master he kept a volume of Horace, to ease the longueurs. He referred to this as "a work of devotion."The Dean was Edward Norman; the University of the South awarded Trevor-Roper an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1980 (Sisman, p. 484).
J.W. Mackail, Classical Studies (New York: Macmillan, 1926), pp. 148-149 (after comparing Horace to Malherbe, Tennyson, and Gray):
But none of these poets, or of others, has given to the world, as Horace has, a secular Psalter for daily and yearly and age-long use.Alfred Noyes, Portrait of Horace (London: Sheed & Ward, 1947), p. v:
There was a time when Homer was a kind of secular bible for scholars.Holbrook Jackson, Anatomy of Bibliomania (London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1950), p. 215 (footnote omitted):
Malherbe, the father of French poetry, had for sole favourite Horace, whom he called his breviary; Horace was his companion when out walking, and he laid him on his pillow at night...
From Eric Thomson:
Thanks for A Work of Devotion. I'm sorry I don't have mine with me. How does Psalm 1 go again?
Beatus vir qui non abiit in consilio impiorum, et in cathedra pestilentiae non sedit, sed procul negotiis, ut prisca gens mortalium, paterna rura bubus exercet suis solutus omni faenore neque excitatur classico miles truci neque horret iratum mare forumque vitat et superba peccatorum limina ... etc.
Or something like that.