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St Patrick

2 3 I PatrIck an Irish Roman EGO PATRICIUS PECCATOR RUSTICISSIMUS Et minimus omnium fidelium. I, Patrick, a sinner, extremely rural, and the least of all the faithful. Thus begins Saint Patricks Confession, his response to complaints made in Britain about his work in Ireland. He crams in biblical quotations, and divides it into five parts in imitation of the Pentateuch, lambasting his detractors in erudite if awkward prose. He is Gods chosen instrument, working on the worlds edge and preparing for the final days by giving the Gospel to this furthest nation in expectation of Christs imminent return. Unlike St Augustines Confession of 398, which is a fluid, anecdotal, intellectual quest, Patrick wrote in dense metres inspired by his Latin Bible. He frequently used the chiasmus to create contrasting, mirrorimage phrases and also the golden section to place important ideas at extreme and mean ratio positions in the text, while in his Letter Gods name comes on lines that are multiples of seven, a symbol of the Creation. His critics have vanished, but Patricks words remain.
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