Guthlac A, lines 93-169

Now we will tell how Guthlac renounced all earthly things and dwelled alone at his tumulus.

He was watched over by an angel, but a demon also was there. The angel told him that the whole earth was fleeting and praised the heavens. The demon encouraged him to look for criminals and seek earthly rewards.

Both spirits struggled until the Lord caused the angel to win.

Guthlac came to love his tumulus, but multiple demons continued to come before him.

The demons appeared, flying through the air.

The place of Guthlac’s tumuls was in the countryside, hidden from people. Guthlac remained there so he could keep watch over the area. Guthlac praised the Lord and preached about the martyrs. He fasted and denied himself bodily pleasures, including fancy dress.

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