De contemptu mundi

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English-language translations of
De contemptu mundi (On Contempt for the World)

by Bernard of Cluny

De contemptu mundi (On Contempt for the World) is a 3,000 verse poem of stinging satire directed against the secular and religious failings Bernard observed in the world around him. A number of well-known modern hymns, including "Jerusalem the Golden"; "Brief Life is Here Our Portion"; "The World Is Very Evil"; and "For Thee, O Dear, Dear Country", are translations of parts of this famous poem.

English-language translations of De contemptu mundi include: