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Author QuotedQuintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus
Title QuotedDe Resurectione Carnis
Date (Year/Month/Day)1965/04/24
QuotationTertullian. Certainly I am reading in perfect circumstances (viz., chapter 12 De Resurrectione at the time of this spring dawn!!) but I have to admit that his prose is more powerful and more captivating than any other I have ever read. I know no one who has such authority, by the beauty and strength of his language, to command complete attention. Everything becomes delightful, admirable and absorbing, and there is a real excitement in the compression and charge of his syntax, the precision and personal signature of his vocabulary. You feel that here is a man who is fully and expertly working in language making prose!
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 233
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