Andreas, lines 1026-1134

The two saints pray to God and then set free all of the captives in the prison. Matthew leads the captives to safety under the cover of clouds sent by God. Andreas goes back to the city and sits down next to a pillar of brass. A crowd assembles and goes to the prison, expecting to eat the captives. They instead find the guards dead, and soon they eat them.

They also decide to choose by chance (tossing a rod), which one of them will be eaten. A high-ranking earl is selected, and he is put in bonds in preparation for being eaten. He, however, cries out and says that he will allow the crowd to eat his son, a child, instead. The child is chained in front of the crowd. He cries out for mercy, but none is forthcoming.

Comments are closed.