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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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AD. 120G.] RETURN OF THE MAX TO III.S BODY. 2.'}ό How the man returned to his hotly. After proceeding a little way from this place they came to a most beautiful gate adorned with jewels and precious stones ; and the wall round it shone as if it were of gold. As soon as they had entered the gate, there appeared a kind of golden temple, much more magnificent than the former in all its beauty, in its pleasant sweetness, and in the splendour of its glittering light, so that the places which they had seen before appeared not at all pleasant in comparison with that place ; and after they had gone into this temple, he beheld on one side, a kind of chapel, refulgent with wonderful ornaments, in which there sat three virgins shining in indescribable beauty ; these, as the archangel informed him, were St. Catherine, St. Margaret, and St. Ositi). Whilst he was thus admiringly contemplating their beauty, St. Michael said to St. Julian, "Restore this man directly to his body, for unless he. is quickly taken back to it, the cold water which th' bystanders are throwing in his face will altogether suffocate him;" and directly after these words had been spoken, the man, not knowing how, was brought back to his body and sat up in his bed. lie had been lying on his bed. as it were senseless, for two days and nights, that is, from the hour of evening of the sixth day of the week, till the evening of the Sunday following, oppressed as if with a heavy sleep. As soon as morning came he hastened to the church, and, after the performance of mass, the priest, with others of the parishioners, who bad seen him as it were lifeless a short time before, besought him to inform them of what had been revealed to him ; he however in his great simplicity, hesitated to relate his vision, until on the following night St. Julian appeared to him giving him orders to reveal all that he had seen, because, he said, that he had been taken from his body for the purpose of making public all he had heard. In obedience to the commands of the saint, he, on All Saints' day, and at times afterwards, related his vision plainly and openly in the English tongue, and all who heard him wondered at the unusual gift of speech of a man who had formerly, from his great simplicity, appeared clownish and unable to speak ; and by his continual narration of the vision he had seen, he moved many to tears and bitter lamentations.


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