5 When the Lady St. Mary saw the kindness which this robber did shew them, she said to him, The Lord God will receive thee to his right hand, and grant thee pardon of thy sins.
6 Then the Lord Jesus answered, and said to his mother, When thirty years are expired, O mother, the Jews will crucify me at Jerusalem;
7 And these two thieves shall be with me at the same time upon the cross, Titus on my right hand, and Dumachus on my left, and from that time Titus shall go before me into paradise:
8 And when she had said, God forbid this should be thy lot, O my son, they went on to a city in which were several idols; which, as soon as they came near to it, was turned into hills of sand.
9 Hence they went to that sycamore tree, which is now called Matarea;
10 And in Matarea the Lord Jesus caused a well to spring forth, in which St. Mary washed his coat;
11 And a balsam is produced, or grows, in that country from the sweat which ran down there from the Lord Jesus.
12 Thence they proceeded to Memphis, and saw Pharaoh, and abode three years in Egypt.
13 And the Lord Jesus did very many miracles in Egypt, which are neither to be found in the Gospel of the Infancy nor in the Gospel of Perfection.
14 At the end of three years he returned out of Egypt, and when he came near to Judas, Joseph was afraid to enter;
15 For hearing that Herod was dead, and that Archelaus his son reigned in his stead, he was afraid;
16 And when he went to Judaea, an angel of God appeared to him, and said, O Joseph, go into the city Nazareth, and abide there.
17 It is strange indeed that he, who is the Lord of all countries, should be thus carried backward and forward through so many countries.
2 Two sick children cured by water wherein Christ was washed.
WHEN they came afterwards into the city Bethlehem, they found there several very desperate distempers, which became so troublesome to children by seeing them, that most of them died.
2 There was there a woman who had a sick son, whom she brought, when he was at the point of death, to the Lady St. Mary, who saw her when she was washing Jesus Christ.
3 Then said the woman, O my Lady Mary, look down upon this my son, who is afflicted with most dreadful pains.
4. St. Mary hearing her, said, Take a little of that water with which I have washed my son, and sprinkle it upon him.
5 Then she took a little of that water, as St. Mary had commanded, and sprinkled it upon her son, who being wearied with his violent pains, had fallen asleep; and after he had slept a little, awaked perfectly well and recovered.
6 The mother being abundantly glad of this success, went again to St. Mary, and St. Mary said to her, Give praise to God, who hath cured this thy son.
7 There was in the same place another woman, a neighbour of her, whose son was now cured.
8 This woman’s son was afflicted with the same disease, and his eyes were now almost quite shut, and she was lamenting for him day and night.
9 The mother of the child which was cured, said to her, Why do you not bring your son to St. Mary, as I brought my son to her, when he was in the agonies of death; and he was cured by that water, with which the body of her son Jesus was washed?
10 When the woman heard her say this, she also went, and having procured the same water, washed her son with it, whereupon his body and his eyes were instantly restored to their former state.
11 And when she brought her son to St. Mary, and opened his case to her, she commanded her to give thanks to God for the recovery of her son’s health, and tell no one what had happened.
1 Two wives of one man, each have a son sick. 2 One of them, named Mary, and whose son’s name was Caleb, presents the Virgin with a handsome carpet, and Caleb is cured; but the son of the other wife dies, 4 which occasions a difference between the women. 5 The other wife puts Caleb into a hot oven, and he is miraculously preserved; 9 she afterwards throws him into a well, and he is again preserved; 11 his mother appeals to the Virgin against the other wife, 12, whose downfall the Virgin prophesies, 13 and who accordingly falls into the well, 14 therein fulfilling a saying of old.
THERE were in the same city two wives of one man, who had each a son sick. One of them was called Mary and her son’s name was Caleb.
2 She arose, and taking her son, went to the Lady St. Mary, the mother of Jesus, and offered her a very handsome carpet, saying, O my Lady Mary accept this carpet of me, and instead of it give me a small swaddling cloth.
3 To this Mary agreed, and when the mother of Caleb was gone, she made a coat for her son of the swaddling cloth, put it on him, and his disease was cured; but the son of the other wife died.
4 Hereupon there arose between them, a difference in doing the business of the family by turns, each her week.
5 And when the turn of Mary the mother of Caleb came, and she was heating the oven to bake bread, and went away to fetch the meal, she left her son Caleb by the oven;
6 Whom, the other wife, her rival, seeing to be by himself, took and cast him into the oven, which was very hot, and then went away.
THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST. FROM A ”BOOK OF THE EVANGELISTS.” GREEK MANUSCRIPT OF THE TWELFTH CENTURY.
7 Mary on her return saw her son Caleb lying in the middle of the oven laughing, and the oven quite as cold as though it had not been before heated, and knew that her rival the other wife had thrown him into the fire.
8 When she took him out, she brought him to the Lady St. Mary, and told her the story, to whom she replied, Be quiet, I am concerned lest thou shouldest make this matter known.
9 After this her rival, the other wife, as she was drawing water at the well, and saw Caleb playing by the well, and that no one was near, took him, and threw him into the well.
10 And when some men came to fetch water from the well, they saw the boy sitting on the superficies of the water, and drew him out with ropes, and were exceedingly surprised at the child, and praised God.
11 Then came the mother and took him and carried him to the Lady St. Mary, lamenting and saying, O my Lady, see what my rival hath done to my son, and how she hath cast him into the well, and I do not question but one time or other she will be the occasion of his death.
12 St. Mary replied to her, God will vindicate your injured cause.
13 Accordingly a few days after, when the other wife came to the well to draw water, her foot was entangled in the rope, so that she fell headlong into the well, and they who ran to her assistance, found her skull broken, and bones bruised.
14 So she came to a bad end, and in her was fulfilled that saying of the author, They digged a well, and made it deep, but fell themselves into the pit which they prepared.
1 Bartholomew, when a child and sick, miraculously restored by being laid on Christ’s bed.
ANOTHER woman in that city had likewise two sons sick.
2 And when one was dead, the other, who lay at the point of death, she took in her arms to the Lady St. Mary, and in a flood of tears addressed herself to her, saying,
3 O my Lady, help and relieve me; for I had two sons, the one I have just now buried, the other I see is just at the point of death, behold how I (earnestly) seek favour from God, and pray to him.
4 Then she said, O Lord, thou art gracious, and merciful, and kind; thou hast given me two sons; one of them thou hast taken to thyself, O spare me this other.
5 St. Mary then perceiving the greatness of her sorrow, pitied her and said, Do thou place thy son in my son’s bed, and cover him with his clothes.
6 And when she had placed him in the bed wherein Christ lay, at the moment when his eyes were just closed by death; as soon as ever the smell of the garments of the Lord Jesus Christ reached the boy, his eyes were opened, and calling with a loud voice to his mother, he asked for bread, and when he had received it, he sucked it.
7 Then his mother said, O Lady Mary, now I am assured that the powers of God do dwell in you, so that thy son can cure children who are of the same sort as himself, as soon as they touch his garments.
8 This boy who was thus cured, is the same who in the Gospel is called Bartholomew.
1 A leprous woman healed by Christ’s washing water. 7 A princess healed by it and restored to her husband.
AGAIN there was a leprous woman who went to the Lady St. Mary, the mother of Jesus, and said, O my Lady, help me.
2 St. Mary replied, what help dost thou desire? Is it gold or silver, or that thy body be cured of its leprosy?
3 Who, says the woman, can grant me this?
4 St. Mary replied to her, Wait a little till I have washed my son Jesus, and put him to bed.
5 The woman waited, as she was commanded; and Mary when she had put Jesus in bed, giving her the water with which she had washed his body, said, Take some of the water, and pour it upon thy body;
6 Which when she had done, she instantly became clean, and praised God, and gave thanks to him.
7 Then she went away, after she had abode with her three days:
8 And going into the city, she saw a certain prince, who had married another prince’s daughter;
9 But when he came to see her, he perceived between her eyes the signs of leprosy like a star, and thereupon declared the marriage dissolved and void.
10 When the woman saw these persons in this condition, exceedingly sorrowful, and shedding abundance of tears, she inquired of them the reason of their crying.
11 They replied, Inquire not into our circumstances; for we are net able to declare our misfortunes to any person whatsoever.
12 But still she pressed and desired them to communicate their case to her, intimating, that perhaps she might be able to direct them to a remedy.
13 So when they shewed the young woman to her, and the signs of the leprosy, which appeared between her eyes,
14 She said, I also, whom ye see in this place, was afflicted with the same distemper, and going on some business to Bethlehem, I went into a certain cave, and saw a woman named Mary, who had a son called Jesus.
15 She seeing me to be leprous, was concerned for me, and gave me some water with which she had washed her son’s body; with that I sprinkled my body, and became clean.
16 Then said these women, Will you, Mistress, go along with us, and shew the Lady St. Mary to us?
17 To which she consenting, they arose and went to the Lady St. Mary, taking with them very noble presents.
18 And when they came in and offered their presents to her, they showed the leprous young woman what they brought with them to her.
19 Then said St. Mary, The mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ rest upon you;
20 And giving them a little of that water with which she had washed the body of Jesus Christ, she bade them wash the diseased person with it; which when they had done, she was presently cured;
21 So they, and all who were present, praised God; and being filled with joy, they went back to their own city, and gave praise to God on that account.
22 Then the prince hearing that his wife was cured, took her home and made a second marriage, giving thanks unto God for the recovery of his wife’s health.
1 A girl, whose blood Satan sucked, receives one of Christ’s swaddling clothes from the Virgin. 14 Satan comes like a dragon, and she shews it to him; flames and burning coals proceed from it and fall upon him; 19 he is miraculously discomfited, and leaves the girl.
THERE was also a girl, who was afflicted by Satan;
2 For that cursed spirit did frequently appear to her in the shape of a dragon, and was inclined to swallow her up, and had so sucked out all her blood, that she looked like a dead carcase.
3 As often as she came to herself, with her hands wringed about her head she would cry out, and say, Wo, Wo is me, that there is no one to be found who can deliver me from that impious dragon!
4 Her father and mother, and all who were about her and saw her, mourned and wept over her;
5 And all who were present would especially be under sorrow and in tears, when they heard her bewailing, and saying, My brethren and friends, is there no one who can deliver me from this murderer?
6 Then the prince’s daughter, who had been cured of her leprosy, hearing the complaint of that girl, went upon the top of her castle, and saw her with her hands twisted about her head, pouring out a flood of tears, and all the people that were about her in sorrow.
7 Then she asked the husband of the possessed person, Whether his wife’s mother was alive? He told her, That her father and mother were both alive.
8 Then she ordered her mother to be sent to her: to whom, when she saw her coming, she said, Is this possessed girl thy daughter? She moaning and bewailing said, Yes, madam, I bore her.
9 The prince’s daughter answered, Disclose the secret of her case to me, for I confess to you that I was leprous, but the Lady Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, healed me.
10 And if you desire your daughter to be restored to her former state, take her to Bethlehem, and inquire for Mary the mother of Jesus, and doubt not but your daughter will be cured; for I do not question but you will come home with great joy at your daughter’s recovery.
11 As soon as ever she had done speaking, she arose and went with her daughter to the place appointed, and to Mary, and told her the case of her daughter.
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