On Love: A Selection of Works of Hugh, Adam, Achard, Richard, and Godfrey of St. Victor

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Hugh Feiss
New City Press, 2012 - Religion - 391 pages
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The version of the Rule of St. Augustine used at the Abbey of St.Victor began with the command to love God above all things and ones neighbor as oneself. Not surprisingly, then, love was a pervasive theme in the writings produced there, many of which are introduced and translated here: (1)five lyrical essays by Hugh of St.Victor (d.1141): The Praise of Charity; The Betrothal Gift of the Soul; In Praise of the Spouse; On the Substance of Love; What Truly Should Be Loved?; (2)On the Four Degrees of Violent Love, by Richard of St.Victor (d.1173), which traces the likenesses and differences between romantic love and the love of God; (3)Achard of St.Victor (d.1170), Sermon5 and two of Adam of St.Victors sequences are examples of how these authors wove love into their writings; (4)excerpts from the Microcosmus by Godfrey of St.Victor (d.ca.1195), summarize the central place of love in his humanistic theological anthropology.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Acknowledgments
11
Abbreviations
13
General Introduction
33
The Praise ofthe Bridegroom
113
Introduction
115
Text
125
On the Substance ofLove
137
Text
189
Sequences
233
Introduction
235
Texts
237
Sermon Five On the Sunday of the Palm Branches
245
Introduction
247
Text
253
On the Four Degrees of Violent Love
261

Introduction
139
Text
143
On the Praise ofCharity
149
Introduction
151
Text
159
What Truly Should Be Loved?
169
Introduction
171
Text
179
Soliloquy on The BetrothalGift ofthe Soul
183
Introduction
185
Introduction
263
Text
275
Microcosm par 203227
301
Introduction
303
Text
315
Bibliography
343
Index of Scriptural References
367
Index of Victorine Authors
372
Subject Index
387
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Fr. Hugh Feiss, O.S.B., has been a Benedictine monk for over thirty-five years. He is a teacher, scholar, author, and translator whose works include several studies of the monastic tradition.

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