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Porphyry - On the Soul of Plotinus

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Porphyry – from On the Soul of Plotinus [translated by Thomas Taylor]

 
Genius sublime, once bound in mortal ties
A daemon now and more than mortals, wise.
Freed from those members that with deadly weight
And stormy whirl enchained thy soul of late
O'er Life's rough ocean thou hast gained that shore
Where storms molest and change impairs no more
And struggling through its deeps with vigorous mind
Passed the dark stream and left base souls behind
Placed where no darkness ever can obscure
Where nothing enters sensual or impure
Where shines eternal God's unclouded ray
And gilds the realms of intellectual day
…....
But now set free from the lethargic folds
By which the indignant soul dark matter holds
The natal bonds deserted, now you soar
And rank with daemon forms a man no more
In that blest realm where love and friendship reign
And pleasures ever dwell unmixed with pain
Where streams ambrosial in immortal course
Irriguous flow, from deity their source.
No darkening clouds those happy clouds assail
And the calm aether knows no stormy gale
Supremely blest thy lofty soul abides
Where Minos and his brother judge presides
Just Aeacus and Plato divine
And fair Pythagoras there exalted shine
With other souls who form the general choir
Of love immortal and of pure desire
And who one common station are assigned
With genii of the most exalted kind
Thrice happy thou, who, life's long labours past
With holy daemons dost reside at last
From body loosened and from cares at rest
Thy life most stable and divine thy feast

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Porphyry

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