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Cecilia explains christianity and Tibertius meets the angel too
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Second Nun's Tale
lines 358-399: The brothers are executed because they refuse to worship Jupiter


       It were ful hard by ordre for to seyn
How manye wondres Jesu for hem wroghte.
360But atte laste, to tellen short and pleyn,
The sergeantz of the toun of Rome hem soghte,
And hem biforn Almache the Prefect broghte,
Which hem apposed, and knew al hire entente,
And to the ymage of Juppiter hem sente,
       'Twere hard in proper order to explain
How many wonders Jesus for them wrought;
360But at the last, to tell it short and plain,
They by the sergeants of Rome town were sought,
And to Almachius the prefect brought,
Who questioned them and learned their whole intent,
And unto Jupiter's image had them sent,

365And seyde, "Whoso wol nat sacrifise,
Swap of his heed, this my sentence heer."
Anon thise martirs that I yow devyse,
Oon Maximus, that was an officer
Of the prefectes, and his corniculer,
370Hem hente, and whan he forth the seintes ladde,
Hymself he weep, for pitee that he hadde.
365Saying: "Who will not go and sacrifice,
Strike off his head, that is my command here."
These martyrs, then, of whom I do apprise,
One Maximus, who was an officer
Of the prefect's, and his corniculer,
370Took them; and when the saints forth he had led,
Himself he wept, for pity that he had.

Whan Maximus had herd the seintes loore,
He gat hym of the tormentoures leve,
And ladde hem to his hous withoute moore.
375And with hir prechyng, er that it were eve,
They gonnen fro the tormentours to reve,
And fro Maxime, and fro his folk echone
The fals feith, to trowe in God allone.
When Maximus had learned their creed and lore,
Of executioners obtained he leave,
And to his house he led them, without more;
375And by their preaching, before it came to eve,
They from the executioners did reave,
And Maximus and from his folk, each one,
The false faith, to believe in God alone.

       Cecile cam whan it was woxen nyght,
380With preestes that hem cristned alle yfeere,
And afterward, whan day was woxen light,
Cecile hem seyde, with a ful stedefast cheere,
"Now Cristes owene knyghtes, leeve and deere,
Cast alle awey the werkes of derknesse
385And armeth yow in armure of brightnesse.
       Cecilia came, when it was fully night,
380With priests, who christened them together there;
And afterward, when day came with its light,
Cecilia them bade, with steadfast cheer:
"Now Christ's own knights together, lief and dear,
The works of darkness cast you all away,
385And arm you in the armour of the day.

Ye han for sothe ydoon a greet bataille,
Youre cours is doon, youre feith han ye conserved,
Gooth to the corone of lyf that may nat faille.
The rightful juge which that ye han served
390Shal yeve it yow as ye han it deserved."
And whan this thyng was seyd as I devyse,
Men ledde hem forth to doon the sacrifise.
You have indeed fought the good fight- all hail!
Your course is done, your faith you have preserved,
Go to the crown of life that shall not fail;
The Righteous judge, Whom you have so well served,
390Will give it to you, since you've it deserved."
And when, as I have told this thing was said,
To make the sacrifice they forth were led.

But whan they weren to the place broght,
To tellen shortly the conclusioun,
395They nolde encense ne sacrifise right noght,
But on hir knees they setten hem adoun
With humble herte and sad devocioun,
And losten bothe hir hevedes in the place.
Hir soules wenten to the kyng of grace.
But when before the image they were brought,
Briefly to tell the end as it is known,
395They'd not incense, and sacrificed they naught,
But on their knees they reverently knelt down,
With humble heart and firm devotion shown,
And so they lost their heads there in that place.
Their spirits went unto the King of Grace.





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