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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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they pleased, for no one prevented them. Thus, by the martyr's agency, the wickedness of the perverse was repressed, and the devotion of the faithful met with its reward ; for during the three following days, ten persons of both sexes were cured of différent diseases, to the praise of God and of his holy martyr. The discovery of St. Amphibaius and his nine companions. On the morning of the day when the bodies of the saints were foutid, the venerable father, abbat Simon, approached the holv spot, and having celebrated the mystery of our redemption in the neighbouring chapel of St. James, in respect to the martyr St. Alban, he commanded the monks who were present to search with still greater diligence and to put on more diggers immediately. The chapel of St. James had been built in honour of the martyr, in consequence of eertain rays of light which always fell on the flocks whenever the shepherds drove them to pasture on that spot ; wherefore, also, the aforesaid abbat celebrated mass there, and implored the martyr's aid to bless their search. When the abbat and brethren had returned to the abbey, and were seated at dinner, one of them read aloud the passion of the saint for whom they were digging and of his companions, by which when they were released from the flesh they enten d into everlasting glory. Whilst, therefore, the convent in tears were intent on hearing the cruelty of the judge, the ferocity of his lictors, the patience of the martyrs, and the lengthened details of their death, some one suddenly entered the room and announced that they had just discovered the bodies of Amphibaius and three others. Why-should 1 relate the effect of this intelligence ? their sighs «ere changed to thanksgiving, and joy succeeded to sorrow. Rising from table, they all proceeded to the church, and offered up praises to attest the joy which filled their hearts. The holy martyr Amphibaius was lying between two of his companions, whilthc third was found lying erossways in a place by itself. They also found near the place six others of the martyrs, making with St. Amphibalus himself, ten in all. Among other reliques of this champion of Christ were found two large knives, one in his skull and the other in his breast, confinning the account which was handed down from ancient


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