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THE LIFE OF BEDE.

faith, that we are inclined to attribute it rather to the pious imagination of his companions, than, as some have done, to the agency of open fraud on the part of those who were present.

 

 

CHAPTER X.

HIS BURIAL IN THE CHURCH OF JARROW, AND THE REMOVAL OF HIS REMAINS TO THE CATHEDRAL OF DURHAM.

The monastery, which from its infancy, had been adorned by his virtues, the scene of his labours in the cause of Christianity whilst living, became after his death, the depository of his remains. He was buried under the South porch of the Church, which was in consequence dedicated to his memory. Over the tomb, says William of Malmesbury, was placed the following inscription:

PRESBYTER • HIC • BEDA • REQVIESCIT • CARNE • SEPVLTVS •
DONA • CHRISTE • ANIMVM • IN • COELIS • GAVDERE • PER • ÆVVM •
DAQVE • ILLI • SOPHIA • DEBRIARI • FONTE• CVI • JAM •
SVSPIRAVIT • ORANS • INTEXTO • SEMPER • AMORE.

His fame as a teacher soon spread over all Christendom, His works became the hand-books of in-