Guthlac A, lines 1-92

When an angel and a soul meet, the angel tells the soul that it may now journey to heaven, where the souls of the steadfast will come after death.

There are many states of being for men in the world.  As the world grow older, the fruit of the offspring is weaker. Every day the Lord sees the number of those who keep his law get smaller.

Some care more about worldly wealth than about heaven and they mock the saints who know that those who serve the Lord will have heaven eternally.  But the saints give up worldly wealth for heavenly glory.  They dwell in the waste places by their own choice.  Here the devil shows them terrifying visions or tempting splendor.  But angels guard the saints.  They are the true warriors.

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