Early Church Fathers
13 That is, Providence ensured the respite, to fulfil the promise.
14 [See note at end of this memoir ]
15 [He was the first of the province, that is. See p 273, supra.]
16 The simple attire of Hippolytus, as seen in his statue. was doubtless what is here meant by insignia. But see Hermas, vol. ii. p. 12.]
1 In the Oxford edition this epistle is given among the treatises.
2 Wearying, scil. "fatigantis."
3 " Fabulis." [Our "Thanksgiving Day " = the "Vindemia."]
4 [A lover of' gardens and of nature. The religion of Christ gave a new and loftier impulse to such tastes universally. Vol, ii. p. 0.]
5 [Another Nicodemus, John iii.]
6 Or, "shone," "infulsit."
7 [Alas, that in the modern theatre and opera all this has been reproduced, and Christians applaud! ]
8 Errors, v. l.
9 [Compare Tertullian, vol. iii. pp. 87 et seqq.]
10 f Rom. i. 26, 27. The enormous extent of this diabolical form of lust is implied in all these patristic rebukes.]
11 The dresses of peace.
12 [Confirmed by all the Roman satirists, as will be recalled by the reader. Conf. Horace, Sat.,vi. book i.]
13 [What a testimony to regeneration! Cyprian speaks from heathen experience, then from the experience of a new birth. Few specimens of simple eloquence surpass this.]
14 [See Cowper, on "the Sabine bard", Task, b. iv. But compare even the best of Horatian epistles with this: "O noctes coenaeque Deum," etc. What a blessed contra.it in Christian society!]
15 [Here recall the Evening Hymn, vol. ii. p. 298.]
1 Oxford ed.: Ep. viii.
2 Papam. [The Roman clergy give this title to Cyprian.]
3 This exercise of jurisdiction, vice episcopi, is to be noted.)
4 Ezek. xxxiv. 3, 4.
5 John x. ii., 12.
6 John xxi. 17.
7 This is a very obscure passage, and is variously understood. It seems most probable that the allusion is to Peter's denial of his Lord, and following Him afar off; and is intended to bear upon Cyprian's retirement. There seems no meaning in interpreting the passage a. a reference to Peter's death. [It seems. in a slight degree, to reflect on Cyprian's withdrawal. But note, it asserts that the pasce oves measwas a reproach to St. Peter, and was understood to be so by his fellow-apostles. In other words, our Lord, so these clergy argue, bade St. Peter not again to forsake the brethren whom he should strengthen. Luke xxii. 32.]
8 That is to say, "to the Capitol to sacrifice."
10 i.e., as to the implied promise of their preparation for baptism.
1 Oxford ed.: Ep. ix.
2 Fabian, bishop of Rome. [Cyprian's "colleague," but their bishop. See Greek of Philip. ii. 25,. He is an example to his brethren: such the simple position of a primitive Bishop of Rome.]
3 The foregoing letter, Ep. ii.
1 Oxford ed.: Ep. v.
2 Scil. Carthage, where the populace had already demanded Cyprian's blood.
3 " Qui illic apud confessores offerunt," scil. "the oblation" (prosfora, Rom. xv. 16), i.e., "who celebrate the Eucharist."