Gildas (Breton: Gweltaz; c. – c. ) — also known as Gildas the Wise or Gildas Sapiens — was a 6th-century British monk best known for his scathing. Gildas’. ‘On the Ruin of Britain’. Translated by J. A. Giles and T. Habington. For convenience, this text has been composed into this PDF document by. Camelot. The Preface, History and Epistle of Gildas’ principal work, De Excidio Britanniae, a sermon in three parts condemning the acts of his contemporaries, both.

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I make exception of a few 44 a very fewwho owing to the loss of the vast multitude that rushes daily to hell, are counted at so small a number that our revered mother 45the church, in a manner does not observe them as they rest in her bosom. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. In this way the time was drawing nigh when the iniquities of the country, as those of the Amorites of old, would be fulfilled.

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He should not hear. What flights there were then, what slaughter, what punishments by different modes of death, what ruins of apostates, what glorious crowns of martyrs, what mad fury on the part of persecutors, and, on the contrary, what 25 patience of the saints, the history of the church narrates.

The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself. An age this to which has been added, besides those impious and monstrous sins which it commits in common with all the iniquitous ones of the world, that thing which thee as if inborn with it, an irremovable and inextricable weight of unwisdom and fickleness. The body of Saint Gildas minus the pieces incorporated into various reliquaries is buried behind the altar in the church of Saint Gildas de Rhuys.

As I live, saith the Lord, if Jechoniah were the ring on my right hand, I will pluck him hence, and give him in the hands of those that seek his life. Forasmuch as I have magnified thee to be prince over Israel, because they have provoked me by their vanities, behold I stir up after Baasha and after his house, and I shall render his house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

Why, britin the place of thine enemies, piercest thou thyself, under no compulsion, with thine own sword and spear? What then is there like fhe the crimes of this time? But let them not suppose that I am timid or wearied, so as not to be carefully on my guard against that saying of Isaiah: He begins his utterances gently in gildax manner.


Hear, ye foolish people, who have no heart, who, having if, see not; and ears, and do not hear. Gildas’ intent in his writing was to preach to his contemporaries after yildas manner of an old testament prophet, not to write an account for posterity. Who will give water unto my head, and a fountain of tears unto my eyes? The invocation of Gildas as a historical example serves to suggest the idea of moral and religious reform as a remedy for the invasions.

How great is the mercy of the Lord, and His reconciliation unto them that turn unto Him. As lambs by butchers, so the unhappy citizens are torn in pieces by the enemy, insomuch that their life might be compared to that of wild animals. Let this be sufficient to say respecting the threats of the holy prophets. The final victory over the Saxons. And if thou say this in thy heart, wherefore are these evils come? De postrema patriae victoria quae temporibus nostris Dei nutu donata est.

This man, through cunning art rather than by valour, first attaches to his guilty rule certain neighbouring countries or provinces against the Roman power, by hritain of perjury and falsehood. Holy Malachy ruinn prophet also says: Despise not, I pray thee, the unspeakable mercy of God, when, through the prophet, he calls the wicked from their sins, as follows: Thou hast ground them, and if have refused to receive correction: And it shall come to pass, he who fleeth from the voice of fear shall fall into the pit; and he that gildad freed from the pit shall be taken in the snare, because the floodgates from above will be opened, and the foundations of the earth will be shaken.

Part III is a ruib attack brritain the British clergy of the age. Behold the day of the Lord shall come cruel, and full of indignation and wrath and anger, to place the land a desolation, and its sinners crushed out thereof; since the stars of heaven and their splendour shall not spread their light; the sun shall be darkened in its rising, and the moon not shine in her bgitain.

Let there be, therefore, retribution to him as he hath done; let every wicked man be destroyed as a tree without health.

The gold hath become dim, its best colour changed; which means the excellence of God’s if.

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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Baxter published — in Latin Higham, N. Fildas hast done foolishly, nor hast thou gilddas the commandments of the Lord thy God, which He commanded thee.

Return unto me and I will return unto you, saith the Lord, and be not such as your fathers, whom the former prophets charged, saying, Thus saith the Lord Almighty: Phonology and Chronology, c. Because among my people have been found wicked men, lying in wait as fowlers, setting gins and snares to catch men; as a trap is full of birds, so their houses are full of guile.


And their arms, stretched forth, in no way to armour, which no man was in the habit of using more bravely than they at this time, but towards God and His altar, will hang in the day of judgment at thy gates, Oh Christ, as revered trophies of their patience and faith.

The Romans, therefore, declare to our country that they could not be troubled too frequently by arduous expeditions of that kind, nor could the marks of Roman power, 26 that brifain an army of such size and character, be harassed by land and sea on account of un-warlike, roving, thieving fellows. I shall be cheered with respect to my enemies, and be avenged of my adversaries; and the heinous transgressors and the sinners shall be crushed together and destroyed, and all who have abandoned the Lord shall be consumed.

Why with thy nonsense art thou inclined to mumble?

On the Ruin of Britain by Gildas

As it is the only contemporary information about them, igldas is of particular interest to scholars of British history. For if they had loved righteousness, they would also certainly love the fountain, as it were, and source of all od, even God.

Why showest thou thyself to Him, the King of all kings, who made thee superior britaim almost all the kings of Britain, both in kingdom and in the form of thy stature, not better than the rest in morality, but on the contrary worse? For the Lord hath spoken this word: He then extends one wing to Spain, the other to Italy, fixing the throne of his iniquitous empire at Trier, and raged with such madness against his lords that he drove two legitimate emperors, the one from Rome, the other from a most pious life.

Being hard pressed by such a condition, and willing rather to fall into the hands of God, the merciful, than into the hands of men, he is humbled by the slaughter of 70, of his people.

Kings were anointed, not in the 51 name of God, but such as surpassed britsin in cruelty, and shortly afterwards were put to death by the men who anointed them, without any enquiry as to truth, because others more cruel had been elected. Rruin shall threaten, and who shall not be terrified before His face?