The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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day, thus finished, or rather never ceases to celebrate, with our Lord, the apostles, and the other citizens of heaven, that greatest festival, which he had begun with the brethren, whom he had converted to the unity of grace. But it was a wonderful dispensation of the Divine Providence, that the venerable man not only passed out of this world to the Father, in Easter, but also when Easter was celebrated on that day, on which it had never been wont to be kept in those parts. The brethren rejoiced in the certain and catholic knowledge of the time of Easter, and rejoiced in the protection of their father, departed to our Lord, by whom they had been converted. He also congratulated his being so long continued in the flesh till he saw his followers admit, and celebrate with him, that as Easter day which they had ever before avoided. Thus the most reverend father being assured of their standing corrected, rejoiced to see the day of our Lord, and he saw it and was glad.


CHAPTER XXIII.
OF THE PRESENT STATE OF THE ENGLISH NATION, OR OF ALL
BRITAIN, WITH AN HISTORICAL RECAPITULATION OF THE WHOLE
WORK, AND SOMETHING CONCERNING THE PERSON OF THE
AUTHOR.

In the year of our Lord's incarnation 725, being the seventh year of Osric, king of the Northumbrians, who succeeded Coenred, Victred, the son of Egbercht, king of Kent, died on the 9th of the kalends of May, and left his three sons, Ethilberht, Eadbercht, and Alric, heirs of that kingdom; which he had governed thirty-four years and a half. The next year died Tobias, bishop of the church of Rochester, a most learned man, as has been said before;

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