Edentula

edentula

Hoc et pontifices vicium, si creditur, atque
abbates premit, ah, documentum flagiciosum!
clericus hinc canones avertitur et Benedicti
monachus iniuncta claustrumque chorumque perosi
pharmacopolarum male olentia tecta frequentant.
proh dolor! et sceleri si compta iuvencula desit,
succumbit veteres ululans edentula cantus.
visere nunc discunt meritoria feda scolares;
sanctarum fugiunt habitacula relliquiarum.
non turpis flatus, non illos polipus arcet,
non unce nares, non dependentia labra.
cordibus humanis ceu flamma insistit ofellis
saevus amor, qui nos confundere iura fidemque
compellit; renum nil importunius igne!
(Sextus Amarcius, Sat. 1.3.230-243)

If one can believe it, this vice even afflicts bishops and abbots. Ah, the shameful example! On account of this the cleric turns away from the canons, and the monk from the commands of Benedict; hating the cloister and choir, they frequent the houses that reek badly of drug peddlers. Oh grief! Even if a beautiful young girl is lacking for their evil deed, a toothless hag howling old songs submits to it. Now scholars learn to look upon shameful rooms for rent; they flee from the dwelling places of holy relics. Foul breath does not keep them away, nor a nasal polyp, nor hooked noses, nor lips that hang down. Fierce passion, which forces us to confound laws and faith, pursues human hearts as a flame pursues bits of meat. Nothing is more troublesome than the fire in the loins! (tr. Ronald E. Pepin)

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