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OF VENERABLE BEDE.

witnesses, one of whom is the religious priest,Ædilwald. at that time attendant on the man of God, but now abbot of the monastery of Melrose. Whilst, according to his custom, he was travelling and teaching all, he arrived at a certain village, in which were a few holy women, who had fled from their monastery through fear of the barbarian army, and had there obtained a habitation from the man of God a short time before: one of whom, a sister of the above-mentioned priest, Ædilwald, was confined with a most grievous sickness; for during a whole year she had been troubled with an intolerable pain in the head and side, which the physicians utterly despaired of curing. But when they told the man of God about her, and entreated him to cure her, he in pity anointed the wretched woman with holy oil. From that time she began to get better, and was well in a few days.

 

 

CHAPTER XXXI.

HOW HE CURED AN INFIRM MAN BY CONSECRATED BREAD.

Cures Hildmer§ 51. I must not here pass over a miracle which was told to me as having been worked by his holiness, though he himself was absent. We mentioned a prefect of the name of Hildmer, whose wife the man of God freed from an unclean spirit. The same prefect afterwards fell seriously ill, so that his malady daily increased and he was confined to his bed, apparently near death. Many of his friends were present who had come to console him in his sickness. Whilst they were sitting by the bed-side, one of them mentioned that he had with him some consecrated bread which Cuthberthad given him: "And I think," said he, "that if we were in faith to give him this to eat, nothing doubting, he would be well." All