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HOW, WHEN ELECTED TO THE BISHOPRIC, HE CURED A SER- VANT OF ONE OF THE KINg's ATTENDANTS BY MEANS OF HOLY WATER.
§ 48. When Cuthbert, the man of God, after having a.d.684. been elected to the bishopric, had returned to his island, cure. and for some time had served God in secret with his accustomed devotion, the venerable Bishop Eata called Bishop Eata, him and requested him to come to an interview with him at Melrose. The conversation being finished, and Cuthbert having commenced his journey homewards, a certain attendant of King Ecgfrid met him and besought King Ecg> him that he would turn aside and give a benediction at his house. When he had arrived there, and had received the grateful salutations of all, the man pointed out to him one of his servants who was infirm, saying, " I thank God, most holy father, that you have thought worthy to enter our house to see us, and, indeed, we believe that your arrival will afford us the greatest profit both of mind and body. For there is one of our servants tor- mented with the worst infirmity, and is this day afflicted with such great pain that he appears more like a man dying than sick. For his extremities being dead, he seems only to breathe a little through his mouth and nostrils. Cuthbert immediately blessed some water and gave it to a servant whose name was Baldhelm, who is Baidheim, still alive and filling the office of presbyter in the bishop- ric of Lindisfarne, which he adorns by his good qualities. He also has the faculty of relating in the sweetest man- ner the virtues of the man of God to all who are desi- rous of knowing, and it was he that told me the miracle which I relate. The man of God then giving him the holy water, said, " Go and give it to the sick man to drink." In obedience to these words he brought the