Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, "The Christian Pindar" was born in northern Spain, a magistrate whose religious convictions came late in life. His subsequent sacred poems were literary and personal, not, like those of St. Ambrose, designed for singing. Selections from them soon entered the Mozarabic rite, however, and have since remained exquisite treasures of the Western churches. His Cathemerinon liber, Peristephanon, and Psychomachia were among the most widely read books of the Middle Ages. A concordance to his works was published by the Medieval Academy of America in 1932. There is a considerable literature on his works.
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Translator: John Cozens
(27 April 1906 - 5 April 1999) Born in Tottenham, London; moved to Canada in 1913, aged 7. Worked, mainly in Toronto, as an administrator, choir conductor, tenor, etc. Co-founded Toronto's Council Choir and Orpheus Choir. Died, aged 92, in Port Hope, Ontario.
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