On the Nativity of Proclus

Hail honored successor, divine Plato’s heir,
Philosopher Proclus, in virtue most fair.

When you first came to Athens in search of the truth,
You showed reverence and piety far beyond other youth.

You welcomed Athene into your own home
When the impious mob cast Her out of Her own.

Ever pious, you kept all the nations’ great rites,
A priest for all peoples, inspired and wise.

You expounded the doctrine of unity found
Beyond being itself, being’s own source and ground.

You carried the torch, tending Wisdom’s bright flame,
While outside, gathering darkness told the end of an age.

So we honor you, Proclus, this day of your birth:
Theologian, philosopher, man of great worth.

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