Contents – Book II

Contents – Book II  Book II  Chapter I He Deplores the Wickedness of His Youth. Chapter II Stricken With Exceeding Grief, He Remembers the Dissolute...

Chapter I – He Deplores The Wickedness Of His Youth.

BOOK TWO He concentrates here on his sixteenth year, a year of idleness, lust, and adolescent mischief. The memory of stealing some pears prompts a...

Chapter II – Stricken With Exceeding Grief, He Remembers The Dissolute Passions In Which, In His Sixteenth Year, He Used To Indulge.

BOOK TWO CHAPTER II 2. But what was it that delighted me save to love and to be loved? Still I did not keep the...

Chapter III – 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.

BOOK TWO CHAPTER III 5. Now, in that year my studies were interrupted. I had come back from Madaura, a neighboring city[46] where I had gone...

Chapter IV – He Commits Theft With His Companions, Not Urged On By Poverty, But From A Certain Distaste Of Well-Doing

BOOK TWO CHAPTER IV 9. Theft is punished by thy law, O Lord, and by the law written in men’s hearts, which not even ingrained...

Chapter V – Concerning The Motives To Sin, Which Are Not In The Love Of Evil, But In The Desire Of Obtaining The Property Of Others.

BOOK TWO CHAPTER V 10. Now there is a comeliness in all beautiful bodies, and in gold and silver and all things. The sense of...

Chapter VI – When He Delighted In That Theft, When All Things Which Under The Appearance Of Good Invite To Vice Are True And Perfect In God Alone.

BOOK TWO CHAPTER VI 12. What was it in you, O theft of mine, that I, poor wretch, doted on–you deed of darkness–in that sixteenth...

Chapter VII – He Gives Thanks To God For The Remission Of His Sins, And Reminds Everyone That The Supreme God May Have Preserved Us from Greater Sins.

BOOK TWO CHAPTER VII 15. “What shall I render unto the Lord”[55] for the fact that while my memory recalls these things my soul no longer...

Chapter VIII – In His Theft He Loved The Company Of His Fellow-Sinners.

BOOK TWO CHAPTER VIII 16. What profit did I, a wretched one, receive from those things which, when I remember them now, cause me shame–above...

Chapter IX – It Was A Pleasure To Him Also To Laugh When Seriously Deceiving Others.

BOOK TWO CHAPTER IX 17. By what passion, then, was I animated? It was undoubtedly depraved and a great misfortune for me to feel it....

Chapter X – With God There Is True Rest And Life Unchanging.

BOOK TWO CHAPTER X 18. Who can unravel such a twisted and tangled knottiness? It is unclean. I hate to reflect upon it. I hate...