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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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Λ. η. 1170.] ST. GODKIC THE HERMIT. their pilgrimnge. To this they readily assented, and she adhered to them with great diligence and devotion ; for she washed and kissed their feet, and served them bitter than any others. In this manner she conducted herself the. whole way, both .coing and returning ; no one asked lier who she was or where she caino from, nor did she ever mention it. When they passed through London on their return, she obtained their consent to leave; but she said before going away, " It is now time for me to go to the ]laee from which Γ came: and you must give thanks to God, who never deserts those that lnt their trust in Him; for I tell you that you will surely obtain that which you prayed for at Home from the apostles." None of the company saw this woman except (.5 od rie and his mother only. Ilote the mon of Goti, on his return home, retired into the desert. When he had restored his mother in safety to the protection of his father, he sold all that be bad, received their blessing, and left them, in order to become a hermit. In the extreme parts of England he eaine to a city called Carlisle, where, finding some of his relations, he obtained troni one of them a present of one of St. Jerome's psalters, which in a short time he learned to recito by heart. He the", without the knowledge of his friends, retired to the wood-, where he lived some time on wild herbs and fruits ; and both serpents and wild beasts came and looked on him, but after a time left him without doing him any harm. In this desert be, spent many days as a hermit; at one time on his knees, ut another time with his hands raised to heaven, or prostrate on the ground, be was constantly in prayer to (ioti. At hist be found in that place a hermit's cave, into which he entered, and received the salutation, " Welcome, brother (iodrie !" To which he replied, "How «lo von do. father Ailrie'r" though they never knew one another before. •· You are sent by Heaven," replied the old man, "to bury my old body when I am dead." These two lived together two years, though neither of them had any properly. At hist the old hermit became very infirm, and « as carried nlioilt by (iodi-ie, who brought him food, and let. bed .1 priet to hear his confession, and administered t, him th e cueharist. Uodrie, therefore, seeing that b e became wor-e, said, " Thou 11 2


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