Gildas’. ‘On the Ruin of Britain’. Translated by J. A. Giles and T. Habington. For convenience, this text has been composed into this PDF document by. Camelot. The primary exception to that rule is The Ruin of Britain, written by the British churchman, Gildas, around the year Gildas warned his readers that sin might. The Preface, History and Epistle of Gildas’ principal work, De Excidio Britanniae, a sermon in three parts condemning the acts of his contemporaries, both.

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Will he who falls not rise again, and he who is turned away not return? Therefore pray thou not for this people, and raise not up for them praise and prayer, because I will not hear them in the time of their crying unto Me and their trouble.

And thou, the island dragon, who hast driven many of the tyrants mentioned previously, as well from life as from kingdom, thou last in my writing, first in wickedness, exceeding many in power and at the same time in malice, more liberal in giving, more excessive in sin, strong in arms, but stronger in what destroys thy soulthou Maclocunus, 51 why dost thou obtusely wallow in such an old black pool of crimes, as if sodden with the wine that is pressed from the vine of Sodom?

On the Ruin of Britain by Gildas

Who seeing do not see, and hearing do not hear, whose heart is covered with a thick cloud of vices. He then went to Rome and Ravenna, before returning, at the age of 30, to Armorica in the time of Childeric AD !

They have become strong in the gilda, because they have proceeded from evil to evil, and have not known Me, saith the Lord. Reference to the rise of Christianity under Tiberius, and its progress in Britain inserted cc. Wherefore the law is demolished and judgment is not brought to an end, because the brifain by might trampleth down the righteous.

Later, Arthur does penance. Each one shall be amazed at his neighbour; their countenance shall be as faces burnt. Let us search and try our ways, and return unto the Lord; let us lift up our hearts with our hands unto God in heaven; but also gilxas apostolic saying, We desire every one of you to be in fuin bowels of Christ. I will kill and I will make alive: Still he leaves much interesting clues about his times and he may be regarded as the authority for the period before the year of death of Maelgwn Gwynedd in the Annales Cambriaebut in general he gives very little definite information.


After their entrance by an unknown gate, the Jordan, so to say, and the overthrow of the hostile walls of the city at the mere sound of trumpets by God’s command, I read that a small mantle and a little gold appropriated of the devoted thing laid many prostrate; that the covenant with the Gibeonites, when broken though won by guilerui destruction upon some: Howl ye, because the day of the Lord is at hand if it was then near, what shall be thought now?

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De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae – Wikipedia

To oppose their attacks, there was stationed on the height of the stronghold, an army, slow to fight, unwieldy for flight, incompetent by reason of its cowardice of heart, which languished day and night in its foolish watch.

I knew the mercy of the Lord, 7 but feared his judgment also; I praised his grace, but dreaded the rendering unto each one according to his works. And the Lord saw it, and it was not pleasing in His eyes that there is no judgment. Thou also, lion whelp, as gilfas prophet says, what doest thou, Aurelius Caninus?

There shall be crying in the streets over the wine, all joy is failed, all gladness of the land is carried away, desolation is left in the city, and adversity shall bear down the gates; for these things shall be in the midst of the land, and in the midst of the people.

We have seen above what this could mean for the person of Gildas alone; it also led to discussions about forgery, but I will deal with these consequences below. For his pride hath wounded many, and he hath become withered as the mallow in heat, as the ear of corn when it falleth from its stem. Alms they give profusely, but over against this they heap up a huge mountain of crimes. Will anyone turn back a hungry lion in the wood?


That the event did come to pass in this way is known to us by certain proof. The graves where their bodies lie, and the places of their suffering, had they not, very many of them, been taken from us the citizens on account of our numerous crimes, through the disastrous division caused by the barbarians, would at the present time inspire the minds of those who gazed at them with a far from feeble glow of divine love.

The Emperors of Rome acquired the empire of the world, and, by the subjugation of all neighbouring countries and islands towards the east, secured through the might of their superior fame their first peace with the Parthians 11 on the borders of India.

Who will give, wafer unto my head, and unto mine eyes a fountain of tears? Why, then, is the wound of the daughter of my people not closed?

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These passages and many others I regarded britsin, in a way, a mirror of our life, in the Scriptures of the Old Testament, and then I turned to the Scriptures of the New; there I read things that previously had perhaps been dark to me, in clearer light, because the shadow passed away, and the truth shone more steadily. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Thou hast ground britainn, and they have refused to receive correction: I will go much deeper into these problems in When did Gildas write?

To these the mother of the brood, finding that success had attended the first contingent, sends out also a larger raft-full of accomplices and curs, which sails over and joins itself to their bastard comrades. Quoted here are chapters 26 and 27, joined by the word etenim.

They have seized falsehood, and have refused to return, I watched and hearkened, no orte speaketh that which is good. Blessed are the barren and the breasts that have not given suck; and on the contrary: