The World’s Famous Orations, Vol. 7

Author: Pierre Abélard

Abelard

The Divine Tragedy*

"To-day," He says, of the gladness of His heart, because in His body He suffered the torture of pain; but while the flesh inflicted on Him torments through the outward violence of men His soul was filled with joy on account of our salvation, which He thus brought to pass. Whence, also, when He went forth to Hiscrucifixion He stilled the women that were lamenting Him and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and your children." As if He said, "Grieve not for me in these my sufferings, as if by their means I should fall into any real destruction; but rather lament for that heavy vengeance which hangs over you and your children because of that which they have committed against me."

So we, also, brethren, which rather weep for ourselves than for Him; and for the faults which we have committed, not for the punishments which He bore. Let us so rejoice with Him and for Him, as to grieve for our own offenses, and for that the guilty servant committed the transgression, while the innocent Lord bore the punishment. He taught us to weep who is never said to have wept for Himself, tho He wept for Lazarus when about to raise him from the dead.

* From a sermon translated from the Latin by Rev. John Mason Neale.

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Chicago: Pierre Abélard, The World’s Famous Orations, Vol. 7 in The World’s Famous Orations, ed. William Jennings Bryan (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, December, 1906), 19–20. Original Sources, accessed December 11, 2019, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=XIXWR4ZN72ZUA58.

MLA: Abélard, Pierre. The World’s Famous Orations, Vol. 7, in The World’s Famous Orations, edited by William Jennings Bryan, Vol. The World#8217;s Famous Orations, New York, Funk and Wagnalls, December, 1906, pp. 19–20. Original Sources. 11 Dec. 2019. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=XIXWR4ZN72ZUA58.

Harvard: Abélard, P, The World’s Famous Orations, Vol. 7. cited in December, 1906, The World’s Famous Orations, ed. , Funk and Wagnalls, New York, pp.19–20. Original Sources, retrieved 11 December 2019, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=XIXWR4ZN72ZUA58.