Maybe Lolly will enjoy it…

11 Oct

I can’t imagine anyone will love this the way I did, but here goes…

“The devotion shown by some religious scribes to the task of copying and illuminating is aptly indicated in the following passage.”

Put on your very best evangelical preacher voice and read aloud with me (with passion!):

“Let us consider then how we may become scribes of the Lord. The parchment on which we write for him is a pure conscience, whereon all our good works are noted by the pen of memory, and make us acceptable to God. The knife wherewith it is scraped is the fear of God, which removes from our conscience by repentance all the roughness and unevenness of sin and vice. The pumice wherewith it is made smooth is the discipline of heavenly desires…. The chalk with whose fine particles it is whitened indicates the unbroken meditation of holy thoughts…. The ruler by which the line is drawn that we may write straight, is the will of God…. The tool that is drawn along the ruler to make the line, is our devotion to our holy task…. The pen, divided into two that it may be fit for writing, is the love of God and our neighbour…. The ink with which we write is humility itself… The diverse colours wherewith the book is illuminated, not unworthily represent the multiple grace of heavenly Wisdom… The desk whereon we write is tranquility of heart…. The copy by which we write is the life of our Redeemer…. The place where we write is contempt of worldly things.” (Diringer, p 206-7)


Posted by on October 11, 2005 in general geekdom, library stuff


3 responses to “Maybe Lolly will enjoy it…

  1. Lolly

    October 12, 2005 at 6:32 am

    Amazing! I read that book years ago–perhaps I should pick it up again. And, I definitely need to work “wherewith” into more sentences 🙂 that is a great word!

  2. ellie

    October 12, 2005 at 4:47 pm

    It’s a pretty annoyingly white male American from the 50’s view of history, but it does have it’s gems.

  3. Morgan

    October 12, 2005 at 6:28 pm

    I thought at first the writer said “amply” demonstrated rather than “aptly” and now I am disappointed, because “amply” is much more amusing.


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