Forget Me Not
Towards the end of his life, around the year 415, one of the most amiable of the personalities of that tumultuous time wrote a hymn begging Christ to keep him, a sinner, in mind, to cleanse him of sin and bring him to everlasting bliss.
His name was Synesius, bishop of Ptolemais, one of the five cities of the Cyrenaica in what is now Libya. Were it not for ceaseless incursions of German barbarians threatening the empire, and barbarian Vandals invading from the west, and barbarian Libyan tribes invading from the south, and the usual rapacity and insolence of imperial tax collectors and governors, and . . .
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Anthony Esolen is a professor and writer-in-residence at Magdalene College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire. His many books include Sex in the Unreal City: The Demolition of the Western Mind, Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, and The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord. He is a regular contributor to Chronicles, Crisis Magazine, The Claremont Review, Inside the Vatican Things, The Catholic Thing, and American Greatness. He has translated Dante's Divine Comedy. He is a Roman Catholic and lives with his wife in New Hampshire. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.
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