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But to Hell will I go

Found a passage that I read thirty years ago and more, from 13th century French literature, that I have been searching for off and on for years. 

`What have I to do with Paradise? I seek not to enter there, unless to be with Nicolete my most sweet friend, whom I love so much. For none go to Paradise, except only these. Those old priests go there, and old cripples, and maimed wretches, who grovel all day and all night before those altars and in those old crypts; and folk clothed in old threadbare clocks, and old rags and tatters, who are naked and barefoot and full of sores, who die of hunger and thirst and cold and misery. They go to Paradise. With them I have nothing to do, but to Hell will I go. For to Hell go the fine clerks and the fine knights, who have died in tourneys and in great wars, and the brave soldiers and the noble men. With those I will go. And there too go the fair and gracious ladies who have two or three friends besides their lord; and there go the gold and the silver, and the vair and the grey of fur, and there too go harpers and minstrels and kings of the world. With those will I go, if only I have Nicolete, my most sweet friend, with me'.

- from Aucassin et Nicolete

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deckardcanine
Sep. 25th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
And what gave him the idea that all those people go to hell?
sleepyjohn00
Sep. 25th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Because that's where the priests tell everyone that they will go if they don't live like rats, praying nonstop and giving away all their money to charity. Sing? Fight? Drink wine? Have a lover? How dare you enjoy your life!? Straight to hell with you, my boy, and don't say I didn't warn you. Pfui.

We still have them nowadays, or don't you watch TV? And isn't it odd how the very devout people who are demanding you send them money are better-dressed than you, and often just a little overweight?

oceansedge
Sep. 25th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Amen
leadsporkofdoom
Sep. 26th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
Don't we have box seats? XD
kelloggs2066
Sep. 26th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind my asking, was there something in particular that happened that this quotation is pertenant today?
sleepyjohn00
Sep. 26th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Actually, it came up from a discussion with a wife of yours about nice people and how we're not them! :) I have been looking for this quote for years, and finally remembered enough that I could get a hit on Google.
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