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13, 14. 3 Symachus) Quintus Aurelius Symmachus, a pagan patrician, prefect until 385. 18 prechid of pe incarnacion] this detail is not in the Confessions; Jordanus took it from Dacius. See note to Cap. 17/48-49, below. 30 lSr UFE OF SAINT AUGUSTINE him to }>e trew beleue. Tho Augustin cast in his bert fully to I despise }>e 30 Manicheis heresi foreuyr; }>e feith of Crist he purposed for to take, but baptized wold he not be onto }>e tyme }>at he myth know }>e treuthis of Cristis· feith. In what maner his moder sowt him.

The good fader Simpliciane gaf him exhortacioun to folow pe meknesse of oure lord Ihesu and despise pe fals delectacionis of pis world. He rehersed onto him eke a grete exaumple of pe conuercion of on Victorine, a worthi man, a grete rethorician, a famous philisophre whech man for grete sciens had a statua rered to his liknesse in the markette at Rome. ' Thus was pis worthi man conuerted to pe feith; and al pis told Simpliciane to Augustin pat he schulde folow his steppis. Be pis holy fader Simpliciane was Augustin brovt onto pis desire pat al maner worldly delectacioun displesed him, for pe laue of his hert is now only sette to serue God.

1225-170). 27 whech heremite was unhap into pe cite] the hermit's absence is Capgrave's addition. 35 CAPITULUM XV sunne draw fast to inclinacioun, sout ]:>ese o]:>ir too felawis, fonde hem and 35 hasted hem homward, for ]:>e day was ny at a ende as ]:>ei saide. Tho told ]:>ei her holy purpose onto hem, what avow ]:>ei had mad whech ]:>ei wold not breke. Ponciane and his felaw praised here entent, and ]:>ankyng God of her holy conuercion went ageyn onto ]:>e paleys. Thus dwelt ]:>ese men stille ]:>ere in ]:>at caue perseuering in holy lif.

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