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ately and truly.”—“ Friend,” said the Emperor,
“ thou hast answered well. Go, and labor earnestly in thy calling.” Soon after this, the Emperor died, and Focus the carpenter, on account of his singular wisdom, was elected in his stead, by the unanimous choice of the whole nation. He governed as wisely as he had lived; and at his death, his picture, bearing on the head eight pennies, was reposited among the effigies of the deceased Emperors.
My beloved, the Emperor is God, who appointed Sunday as a day of rest. By Virgil is typified the Holy Spirit, which ordains a preacher to declare men's virtues and vices. Focus is any good Christian who labors diligently in his vocation, and performs faithfully every relative duty.
A CERTAIN king, named Asmodeus, established an ordinance, by which every malefactor taken and brought before the judge, should distinctly declare three truths, against which no exception could be taken; or else be capitally condemned. If, however, he did this, his life and property should be safe. It chanced that a certain soldier transgressed the law and fled. He hid himself in a forest, and there committed many atrocities, despoiling and slaying whomsoever he could lay his hands upon. When the judge of the district ascertained his haunt, he ordered the forest to be surrounded, and the soldier to be seized, and brought bound to the seat of judg
ment. “You know the law,” said the judge. “I do," returned the other : “ if I declare three unquestionable truths, I shall be free; but if not, I must die.” “ True," replied the judge : “ take then advantage of the law's clemency, or undergo the punishment it awards, without delay."_" Cause silence to be kept,” said the soldier undauntedly.
His wish being complied with, he proceeded in the following
« The first truth is this. I protest before ye all, that from my youth up, I have been a bad man.” The judge, hearing this, said to the by-standers, “ He says true ?" They answered, “ Else, he had not now been in this situation.”_" Go on, then," said the judge: " what is the second truth?"_" I like not,” exclaimed he," the dangerous situation in which I stand."" Certainly,” said the judge,
we may credit thee. Now then for the third truth, and thou hast saved thy life.”—“Why,” he replied, get out of this confounded place, I will never willingly re-enter it.”—“ Amen," said the judge, “ thy wit hath preserved thee; go in peace.” And thus he was saved.
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My beloved, the Emperor is Christ. The soldier is any sinner; the judge is a wise confessor. If the sinner confess the truth in such a manner as not even demons can object, he shall be saved-that is, if he confess, and repent.
OF TOO MUCH PRIDE; AND HOW THE PROUD
ARE FREQUENTLY COMPELLED TO EN-.
DURE SOME NOTABLE HUMILIATION.
When Jovinian was emperor, he possessed very great power; and as he lay in bed reflecting upon the extent of his dominions, his heart was elated to an extraordinary degree.
" Is there,” he impiously asked, " Is there any other god than me?" Amid such thoughts he fell asleep.
In the morning, he reviewed his troops, and said, “ My friends, after breakfast we will hunt." Preparations being made accordingly, he set out with a large retinue. During the chase, the emperor felt such extreme oppression from the heat, that he believed his very existence depended upon a cold bath. As he anxiously looked around, he discovered a sheet of water at no great distance. “ Remain here,” said he to his guard,
until I have refreshed myself in yonder stream.” Then spurring his steed, he rode hastily to the edge of the water. Alighting, he divested himself of his apparel, and experienced the greatest pleasure from its invigorating freshness and coolness. But whilst he was thus employed, a person similar to him in every respect-in countenance and gesturearrayed himself unperceived in the emperor's dress, and then mounting his horse, rode off to the attendants. The resemblance to the sovereign was such, that no doubt was enter