To eat then sleep beyond it no belief,
Any food however lends thee
no relief. . .
Hog in the morning, Hog in the evening,
Food for ‘thought’, for thee no meaning. . .
Shrouded in hunger, thy horizon thin,
Filled to the brim yet empty within. . .
Like Sus frolicking in the muddy pool,
Thy mind is clogged, O petty fool. . .
Temperance you hate, ostentatious spread,
Signs of doom ahead can’t be read. . .
Prepropere, Ardenter, Forente, Laute, Nimis and Studiose;
Is how thee get Beelzebub close. . .
Gluttony is what thy sin is dear,
Only Sophrosyne now, can bring satisfaction near. . .
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1. Thomas Aquinas, a medieval church leader prepared a list of six ways to commit gluttony, comprising:
- Praepropere – eating too soon
- Laute – eating too expensively
- Nimis – eating too much
- Ardenter – eating too eagerly
- Studiose – eating too daintily
- Forente – eating wildly
2. Beelzebub is the demon of gluttony.
3. Sophrosyne is a Greek philosophical term etymologically meaning healthy-mindedness and from there self-control or moderation guided by knowledge and balance. Roman poet Juvenal later interpreted sophrosyne as “mens sana in corpore sano” (“a healthy mind in a healthy body”).