Guthlac B, lines 999b-1093

One servant remaines with Guthlac.  When he notices that Guthlac is deathly ill, the servant asks him how he has become sick and if the disease can be cured.  Guthlac says that pain came upon him in the night and that soon he will be dead.

The servant mourns.  Guthlac understands and comforts him, saying that it is no real hardship to suffer the will of the Lord.  Nor does Guthlac fear hordes of devils.  He tells the servant not to be troubled in mind, because Guthlac is yearning to come to heaven and gaze upon the Lord.  He knows that after his body’s death he will receive a reward that is not fleeting.

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