Cum Essem Parvulus


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Cum essem parvulus, loque bam ut parvulus,
sapiebam ut parvulus, cogitam ut parvulus,
quando autem factus sum vir,
evacuavi quae erant parvuli.
Videmus nunc per speculum in aenigmate,
tunc autem facie ad faciem.
Nunc cognoso ex parte, tunc autem cognoscam,
Sicut et cognitus sum.
Nunc autem manent fides, spes, caritas, tria haec,
Mayor autem horam est caritas.


When I was a child, I spoke like a child
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man
I gave up childish ways.
For now we see in a mirror dimly
But then face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully
Even as I have been understood.
So faith, hope, love, abide; these three.
But the greatest of these is love.