Monday, May 9, 2011

James Ussher on the Voice

God in the delivery of the law did purposely use a voice only, because that such a creature as that was not to be expressed by visible lineaments, as if that voice should have said unto the painter as Echo is feigned to do in the Poet:
Vane, quid affectos faciem mihi ponere, pictor?
Si mihi vis similem pingere, pinge sonum.
—James Ussher

Vain painter, why does thou essay to limn my face,
If thou wouldst paint my likeness, paint sound.
—Ausonius, Epigram.