The Quadriga

Virtue Sense Scope
Literal Cognition
Fides Allegoricus Credenda
Spes Anagogicus Speranda
Caritas Tropologicus Agenda

Canticus Exegetae (Song of the Exegete)*

Litera gesta docet, (The letter teaches of deeds)
quid credas allegoria; (allegory of what is believed)
moralis quid agas; (morality of what is done)
quo tenda anagogia. (anagoge of things to come)

*Richard A. Muller, Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1985), s.v., “Quadriga.”

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