Tuesday, December 29, 2020
At This Very Moment
Every hour little by little brings us closer to death:Cf. Horace, Odes 1.11.7-8 (dum loquimur, fugerit invida / aetas).
even at this moment in which we're speaking, we're dying in advance.
omnis paulatim leto nos applicat hora:
hoc quoque quo loquimur tempore, praemorimur.
I don't have access to Mildred Dolores Toobin, Orientii Commonitorium: A Commentary with an Introduction and Translation (Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1945 = Patristic Studies, 74), but I think at p. 95 she translates our couplet thus:
Every hour brings us little by little nearer to death. At the very time that we are speaking we are already dying.