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The Instructions of Commodianus

in favour of

Christian Discipline,

Against the Gods of the Heathens.

(Expressed in Acrostics.)


My preface sets forth the way to the wanderer and a good visitation when the goal of life shall have come, that he may become eternal—a thing which ignorant hearts disbelieve.  I in like manner have wandered for a long time, by giving attendance upon heathen fanes, my parents themselves being ignorant.18421842    [Sufficient evidence of his heathen origin.]  Thence at length I withdrew myself by reading concerning the law.  I bear witness to the Lord; I grieve alas, the crowd of citizens! ignorant of what it loses in going to seek vain gods.  Thoroughly taught by these things, I instruct the ignorant in the truth.

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