Guthlac A, lines 470-551

Now the time had come when God would reward Guthlac, who speaks to the demons, saying:

“You are completely separated from the Lord and will only remain guilty. But I could see the radiance of the heavens even while I was suffering. You were able to reproach me because I had tolerated bad behavior in the churches of God.”

[ There is then a wisdom passage similar to those found later in the Exeter Book] Young men will go through phases in which they indulge in the world’s joys. But then they grow out of this behavior and serve God.

Guthlac let the devils seize him again, and Guthlac himself visited the world and poured out his blood at the hands of murderers.

Guthlac retained no doubt in his heart even though his tormenters continued to threaten him.

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