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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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This song may thus be rendered in Latin :— " Sancta Maria, virgo munda, mater Jesu Cliristi Nazareni, snscipe, addue, sancta, tecum in Dei regnum. Sancta Maria, Christi thalamus, virginalis puritas, matris flos, dele mea crimina, regna in mente mea, due me ad felicitatem cum solo Deo." This song Christ's mother told Godric to sing whenever he was tearful of being overcome by pain, sorrow, or temptation. "An d when you call on me by singing it," continued she, " you shall immediately have my help." She then made the sign of the cross upon his head, and in his sight went up to heaven, leaving behind a pleasant odour. How Saint Godric raised two dead persons to life again. One day there came to the man of God a husband and wife, and besought him mercifully to restore to life their daughter who was dead, and at the same time they produced her body from a sack which they brought with them. The man of God, judging himself unworthy to perform such a meritorious deed, made no answer, but went into the field to his usual labour ; at which the two persons were disturbed and took their departure, leaving the body in his oratory, "for," said they, "he may keep the corpse and bury it, or else restore it to life ; which he could do if he pleased. In the evening Godric returning, found the body in the corner of Ids oratory, and immediately began devoutly to pray God, who is the souree of life and health to all, to bring back the girl to life. This he continued to do for three days and two nights ; when, on the third day, whilst he was still lying prostrate before the altar, he saw the girl advance towards it; upon which he forthwith called her parents and restored her to fheir cares, making them at the same time swear that, so long as he lived, they would reveal this seeret to no one. At another time, also, when the dead body of a boy was brought by his parents privately to the man of God, he bade them place it on the altar of the blessed virgin in his oratory, saying, " Do not suppose that the boy is dead, but kneel down with me and entreat the divine mercy for the child." When they had prayed, he told them to go and take the boy from the altar, which when they went to do, they found him alive and smiling. The man of God afterwards bound them by oath, not to reveal this deed to any one as long as he should be alive.


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