Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume IV/Commodianus/The Instructions of Commodianus/Chapter 77

Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. IV, Commodianus, The Instructions of Commodianus by Commodianus, translated by Robert Ernest Wallis
Chapter 77

LXXVII.—To the Drunkards.

I place no limit to a drunkard; but I prefer a beast.  From those who are proud in drinking thou withdrawest in thine inner mind, holding the power of the ruler, O fool, among Cyclopes.  Thence in the histories thou criest, While I am dead I drink not.  Be it mine to drink the best things, and to be wise in heart.  Rather give assistance (what more seekest thou to abuse?) to the lowest pauper, and ye shall both be refreshed.  If thou doest such things, thou extinguishest Gehenna for thyself.