Sermonis certas tradit Dialectica leges,
Quaque via poßis prendere vera, docet.
Ac velut in coenum incautus si forte viator
Labitur, atque udo polluit ora firmo:
Surgit, & immundis sordes detergit ocellis,
Abluit & turpi squalida membra luto:
Sic hebetes oculos acuit Dialectica mentis,
Lynceus ut videas lumina vera puer.
[Philippus Melanchthon, Epigrammatum libri sex, ed. Petrus Vincentius (Wittenberg: haeredes Johannis Cratonis, 1579), Liber Quartus, N2 43 recto et verso.]
Discourse’s sure regulations within Dialectic discovered
Teach you the road on which you pow’r upon truth may lay claim.
Just as the footman, unheeding, perchance may stumble in puddles,
Visage and face with the damp earth and its filth befoul:
He then arises and scrubs from his eyes, unclean, their foulness,
Washing that unsightly sludge, cleansing his aspect of filth:
So, just so, Dialectic can sharpen the mind’s blunt vision
That, like Lynceus, you, too, with acuity, see!
[Trans. J.S. Bruss © 2010.]
Sometimes things aren't what they seem, and sometimes nice girls dress in provocative clothing (is it pressing too far to mention Dostoyevsky's Sofia Semyonovna Marmeladova?). The God who communicates to humans through His Word, who inscripturates Himself in human language, does that because He has given the capacity to reason. Just let reason be--and remain--modest, Mistress of her realm, not madame in a street where she has no business.