What variant to pleasures known is a tasteless conceit,
Longinus loathed Plato, knew tame correctness as forfeit…
this loss from stylized efforts point to vanity the goal,
nothing abandoned if to seek fulfillment of the soul,
contrary to popular thought is this notion of loss to life…
to then aid opposition… smear one’s beliefs, gain one strife
but this too is consoled by sublimity come from on high…
ever is there strife to know here until the very day we die,
this is to suffering and come by the furnace of faith to say…
fire me again and again Lord, Your glory has come today,
this is that which I lean on… this I find my hope so secure,
to know it is You dear Lord that comforts pain to endure.
From thoughts closer to Longinus, though some would dispute his Authorship of,”On the sublime,” as Robertelli and Manutius (both) published editions of this manuscript, dated in 1544. One does not have to venture much further than understanding it (probably) comes from the time of the early Caesars, a time even heathens were acquainted with the Septuagint.
8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?
9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.