Life of Saint Augustine by John Capgrave

By John Capgrave

"Shortly after I had accomplished this version of Cap grave's lifetime of Augustine , I
was trained that my more and more terrible imaginative and prescient was once the results of advanced
low imaginative and prescient glaucoma. It grew to become almost most unlikely for me to do any further
work, and that i used to be pressured to place the undertaking on carry for numerous years.
Happily, of my colleagues at York college provided their aid in
preparing the variation for ebook and securing a writer. For them,
this has concerned paintings over a couple of years: updating the introduction
and bibliography in mild of contemporary Capgrave scholarship, re-reading the
Middle English and the Latin texts opposed to the manuscripts, increasing the
notes and re-ordering the thesaurus based on the advice of
outside readers."

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And sodeynly, as pei alle sette hem down on knees to pray for him, · pe peyne went awey. Of whech 25 chaunge he was gretly astoyned for he had neuyr non experiens of so so­ deyn helth in a1 his lyf. Tho sent he letteris to Seynt Ambrose, in whech letteris he renounsid foreuyr alle his elde erroures, and in the same letteris he desired of Ambrose pat he schuld assigne him what book of holy scripture was most 30 necessarie for him to rede, be whech redyng he myth be more able and more redy to receyue pe Cristen feith.

As he was come, Augustin with 35 certeyn of his felawchip went onto him. There had }>ei too grete communi­ cacioun of }>oo questiones for whech }>ei were in trouble before. And withinne fewe dayes Augustin aspied wei [}>] at Faustus was a mery man and a iocunde, a fayre spoke man eke, but not gretly grounded in sciens. Tho began Augustin to reherse onto him }>e doutes and }>e articules com- 40 ound afore & writyn in billis ageyn Manicheis lawe. Faustus, whan he had aspied pe grete cunnyng of Augustin and pe sotil inuectiones whech he mad, he durst not dispute with him; but before hem aile he was fayn to sey pat he coude not answere to po motiues.

Sche loued Ambrose as an aungel of God, for be him sche wist weel pat hir son was brout pus to swech fluctuacioun. Fluctuacioun calle we here whan a man is broute fro an euel entent, and 3et pe same man stand in study wheithir he schal to pe good wey or nowt. 25 In pis plith stood oure Austyn. I lSv 1 In what... sowt him in right margin 6 fer excised before feer 13 14 o part of] o part of part MS; latter part ex­ chere interlineated in red cised 19 heuene] ne interlineated in red with red A bisinesse] medial e inter­ lineated over blotted e 3-9 The description of Monica's heart as being like that of a man, and her exhortation to the sailors are by Capgrave; Jordanus following Conf.

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