Azarias, lines 1-93

Azarias (who has been put, with three other youths, into the hot fire by order of King Nebuchadnezzar) begins to pray to God, tellin God how great He is and apologizing for the wrong that he and the other youths have done. He notes that they will now lose their lives if not for the power of God, and reminds God of the covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Then an angel comes from the heavens and protects the youths from the fire. The temperature in fact becomes pleasant and summer-like.

The three youths then begin to speak. They bless God for his creation and ordering of the world and say that they believe that only through His desire will their bodies be separated from their souls.

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