February 19th, 2004

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Today's Forgotten English

melancholian
One suffering from melancholia; addicted to melancholy or causeless anger; [1300s-1600s].
Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1908


Luther on Melancholy
On this date in 1533, according to his friend and secretary, Veit Dietrich, Martin Luther was "suffering exceedingly from pains in the head." Regarding his maladies, Dietrich reported that the religious reformer once declared: "I believe firmly that I don't have these headaches and stomach pains because I work too hard, although this contributes somewhat, but rather because of my thoughts in spiritual assaults. I think it is clear that I'm in a condition like [King] David's, who as an old man couldn't be warmed by a maiden because he was so exhauted by his temptations and thoughts ... Our Lord has commanded us to be cheerful. Therefore, I advise you to beware of melancholy, for it is forbidden by God because it's so destructive to the body ... Should some thought that isn't worth a fart nevertheless overwhelm me, I have the advantage of taking hold of His Word again."

Heheheheh ... he said "fart" ... heheheheh...

-The Gneech
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