came to him for comfort. He thought it equivalent to praying, to afford the infirm brethren the help of his exhortations, well knowing that he who said, "Thou shalt, love the Lord thy God," said, likewise, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." He was also remarkable for penitential abstinence, and always intent upon heavenly things, through the grace of humility: lastly, when he offered up to God the sacrifice of the saving victim, he recommended his prayer to God, not with a loud voice, but with tears drawn from the bottom of his heart. Having spent two years in his bishopric, he returned to his island and monastery, being advertised by a Divine oracle, that the day of his death, or rather of his life, was drawing near; as he, at that time, with his usual simplicity, signified to some persons, though in terms which were somewhat obscure, but which were nevertheless afterwards plainly understood; but to others he also declared the same openly.
ST. CUTHBERT FORETOLD TO THE ANCHORITE, HEREBERHT, THAT
HIS DEATH WAS AT HAND.
There was a certain priest, venerable for the probity of his life and manners, called Hereberht, who had long been united with the man of God ( Cuthbert), in the bonds of spiritual friendship. This man leading a solitary life in the island of that great lake from which the river Derwent flows, was wont to visit him every year, and to receive from him spiritual advice. Hearing that Bishop Cuthbert was come to the city of Carlisle, he repaired thither to him, according to custom, being desirous to be still more and more inflamed in heavenly desires through his wholesome admonitions; whilst they alternately entertained one an