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City of God (Penguin Classics) by Augustine of Hippo

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By Augustine of Hippo

St Augustine, bishop of Hippo, was once one of many important figures within the historical past of Christianity, and City of God is one among his maximum theological works. Written as an eloquent defence of the religion at a time whilst the Roman Empire used to be near to cave in, it examines the traditional pagan religions of Rome, the arguments of the Greek philosophers and the revelations of the Bible. Pointing the best way ahead to a citizenship that transcends the simplest political studies of the area and gives citizenship that may final for eternity, City of God is without doubt one of the so much influential files within the improvement of Christianity.

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Pour tirer d'eux ce qu'on leur prête, Il faut que l'on en vienne aux coups ; Il faut plaider, il faut combattre : Laissez-leur prendre un pied chez vous, Ils en auront bientôt pris quatre. 56 FABLE VIII L'AIGLE ET L'ESCARBOT L'Aigle donnait la chasse à Maître Jean Lapin, Qui droit à son terrier s'enfuyait au plus vite. Le trou de l'Escarbot se rencontre en chemin : Je laisse à penser si ce gîte Était sûr ; mais où mieux ? Jean Lapin s'y blottit. L'Aigle fondant sur lui nonobstant cet asile, L'Escarbot intercède et dit : Princesse des Oiseaux, il vous est fort facile D'enlever malgré moi ce pauvre malheureux ; Mais ne me faites pas cet affront, je vous prie.

Le Magistrat suait en son lit de Justice. Après qu'on eut bien contesté, Répliqué, crié, tempêté, 50 Le Juge, instruit de leur malice, Leur dit : « Je vous connais de longtemps, mes amis ; Et tous deux vous paierez l'amende : Car toi, Loup, tu te plains, quoiqu'on ne t'ait rien pris ; Et toi, Renard, as pris ce que l'on te demande. » Le Juge prétendait qu'à tort et à travers On ne saurait manquer condamnant un pervers. FABLE IV LES DEUX TAUREAUX ET UNE GRENOUILLE Deux Taureaux combattaient à qui posséderait Une Génisse avec l'empire.

L'Aigle fondant sur lui nonobstant cet asile, L'Escarbot intercède et dit : Princesse des Oiseaux, il vous est fort facile D'enlever malgré moi ce pauvre malheureux ; Mais ne me faites pas cet affront, je vous prie. Et puisque Jean Lapin vous demande la vie, Donnez-la-lui de grâce, ou l'ôtez à tous deux : C'est mon voisin, c'est mon compère. L'Oiseau de Jupiter, sans répondre un seul mot, Choque de l'aile l'Escarbot, L'étourdit, l'oblige à se taire, Enlève Jean Lapin. L'Escarbot indigné 57 Vole au nid de l'Oiseau, fracasse en son absence Ses œufs, ses tendres œufs, sa plus douce espérance : Pas un seul ne fut épargné.

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