Bede, Lives of the Abbots

LCL 248: 392-393

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The Venerable Bede

Incipit Vita Sanctorum Abbatum MonasteriiinUyramutha Et Gyruum, Benedicti, Ceolfridi, Eosteruini, Sigfridi,atqueHuaetbercti,Ab Eiusdem Monasterii PresbyteroEt Monacho Baeda Composita

1. Religiosus Christi famulus Biscopus cognomento Benedictus, aspirante superna gratia, monasterium construxit in honorem beatissimi apostolorum principis Petri, iuxta ostium fluminis Vyri ad aquilonem, iuvante se ac terram tribuente venerabili ac piissimo gentis illius rege Ecgfrido: idemque monasterium annis sedecim, inter innumeros vel itinerum vel infirmitatum labores, eadem qua construxit religione, sedulus rexit. Qui ut beati papae Gregorii verbis, quibus cognominis eius abbatis vitam glorificat, utar: “Fuit vir vitae venerabilis, gratia Benedictus et nomine, ab ipso pueritiae suae tempore cor gerens senile, aetatem quippe moribus transiens, nulli

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Benedict Biscop

Beginneth The Life Of The Holy Abbots Of The MonasteryinWearmouth And Jarrow,Benedict, Ceolfrid, Eosterwinf, Sigfrid,andHwaetbertSet In Order Of Bede Priest And Monk Of The Said Monastery

1. Biscop1 surnamed Benedict, a devout servant of Christ, being favoured of heavenly grace, built a monastery in honour of the most blessed Peter, chief of the apostles, by the mouth of the river Wear, on the north side, Egfrid the venerable and right godly king of that nation aiding him with a grant of land; and amid innumerable travails of journeyings or sicknesses Biscop diligently ruled the said monastery for 16 years with that same devotion wherewith he did build it. And that I may use the words of the blessed pope Gregory,2 where he extolleth the life of an abbot that had Biscop’s surname: “He was a man of venerable life, Benedict in grace and in name, having the heart of a man of ripe age even from the time of his boyhood, for in the ways of his life he was beyond his years and

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.bede-lives_abbots.1930