Prudentius' Psychomachia
'Conflict Of The Soul'

Corpus Christi College, Ms. 23, c.1000

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UBI PATIENTIA INTER ACIES UITIORUM INTREPIDA STAT
8v. Where Patience stands fearless amid the array of Vices


IRA PATIENTIA GLADIO PERCUTIT
10r. Wrath strikes at Patience with a sword


GLADIUS IRE FRANGITA IN CAPITE PATIENTIE
10v. Wrath's sword breaks on Patience's head


PATIENTIA CUM IOB MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT
11v. Patience and Job pass through the midst of the array


SUPERBIA INTUR MAS EFFRENI VOLITAT EQUO
12r. Pride on a wild bucking stallion


LUXURIA AUDITIS TUBIS AD BELLUM CURRIT
18r. Luxury, hearing the trumpets, runs to war

CUNCTA ACIES UERSIS SIGNIS AD DEDITIONEM TRANSIT
19v. The whole array turns and signals surrender as [Luxury] passes

SOBRIETAS INCREPAT ACIES DICENS RE SEQUANTUR LUXURIAM
19v. Sobriety rebukes the array, saying, follow Luxury


LARGITAS PUGNAT CONTRA AUARITIAM ET SPOLIA EIUS PAUPERI & EROGAT
28v. Good-Works fights Avarice and distributes her treasure to the poor and crippled


PAX VENIT ET FUGIUNT METUS ET LABOR ET VIS
31r. Peace drives away Fear, Labour and Want


TURBES SILENT ET GLADII RECUNDUNTUR IN VAGINIS
31v. The crowd is silent and swords are restored to the scabbard
'Turbes' should be 'Tubae': trumpets.

CONCORDIA IUBET REDUCERE VEXILLA IN CASTRIS
32r. Concord orders the withdrawal of the standards to camp

TURMA EQUITUM ET PEDESTRIUM PSALLUNT
32r. A troop of cavalry and infantry sing


DISCORDIA CIRCUMDANT VIRTUTES STRICTIS MUCRONIBUS
34r. Discord surrounded by the Virtues at sword/spear point

Source: Corpus Christi College, Ms. 23
Prudentius (born in 348 in northern Spain, died after 405) spent most of his life following worldly pursuits, but later turned to writing, in which he aimed to glorify God and atone for his earlier sins. One of his most popular works is a poem called Psychomachia (Conflict of the Soul), which describes the battles between female personifications of human virtues and vices.

'Abraham & Lot' in Corpus Christi College, Ms. 23, c.1000
'Chastity and Lust' in Corpus Christi College, Ms. 23, c.1000



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