A Tidbit of Boethius

A Devil obliquely references honey in April’s Exceptional Story, The Heart, the Devil and the Zee:

&quotThe soul is less free when caged in flesh, the prisoner of earthly needs. Boethius, I believe.&quot

The full quote from this 6th century Roman philosopher (in an 18th century translation) is even more interesting, especially in light of the same season’s The Clay Man’s Arm:

&quotHeavenly substances, who are exalted above us, have an enlightened judgment, an incorruptible will, and a power ever at command effectually to accomplish their desires. With regard to man, his immaterial spirit is also free; but it is most at liberty, when employed in the contemplation of the divine mind; it becomes less so, when it is entered into a body; and is still more restrained, when it is imprisoned in a terrestrial habitation, composed of members of clay […]

As Homer says of the sun, it sees every thing, and hears every thing.&quot

There follows poetry which compares the Sun unfavorably to God, for the Sun’s rays &quotReach not Tellus’ hidden caves&quot