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Robert Elsie

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Page from Matrënga's "Christine Doctrine", 1592.

Page from Matrënga's "Christine Doctrine", 1592.

Page from Matrënga's "Christine Doctrine", 1592.

 

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Spiritual song

I call you all who wish indulgence,
All good Christians, men and women,
Go to mass, the Lord commands it,
For no man is sinless 'mongst us;
Blithe is he who ponders God
And remembers he is mortal,
Christ will welcome him to heaven
With his children and his brethren.

[Cghíthaeue u thaerés..., from the volume Embsuame e chraesterae, 1592. Translated from the Albanian by Robert Elsie and first published in English in History of Albanian literature, New York 1995, vol. 1, p. 56]