He Deplores the Wickedness of His Youth.
Stricken With Exceeding Grief, He Remembers the Dissolute
Passions in Which, in His Sixteenth Year, He Used to Indulge.
Concerning His Father, a Freeman of Thagaste, the Assister
of His Son's Studies, and on the Admonitions of His Mother
on the Preservation of Chastitiy.
He Commits Theft With His Companions, Not Urged on by
Poverty, but From a Certain Distaste of Well-Doing
Concerning the Motives to Sin, Which are not in the Love
of Evil, but in the Desire of Obtaining the Property of
Whe He Delighted in that Theft, When all Things Which
Under the Appearance of Good Invite to Vice are True and
Perfect in God Alone.
He Gives Thanks to God for the Remission of His Sins,
and Reminds Everyone that the Supreme God mya have Preserved
Us from Greater Sins.
In His Theft He Loved the Company of his Fellow-Sinners.
It was a Pleasure to Him Also to Laugh When Seriously
With God There is True Rest and Life Unchanging.