day. The coffin was found in a wonderful manner, as fit for the virgin's body as if it had been made purposely for her, and the place for the head particularly cut, exactly fit for her head, and shaped to a nicety. Ely is in the province of the East Angles, a country of about six hundred families, in the nature of an island, enclosed, as has been said, either with marshes or waters, and therefore it has its name from the great plenty of eels taken in those marshes; there the aforesaid servant of Christ desired to have a monastery, because, as we have before observed, she was descended from that same province of the East Angles.
AN HYMN ON THE AFORESAID HOLY VIRGIN.
I think it proper to insert in this history a hymn of virginity, which I composed in elegiac verse several years ago, in praise and honour of the same queen and spouse of Christ; and therefore truly a queen, because the spouse of Christ; and to imitate the method of the holy scripture, in whose history many poetical pieces are inserted which are known to be composed in metre.
Alma Deus Trinitas, qui sæcula cuncta gubernas,
Annue jam cæptis, alma Deus Trinitas.
Bella Maro resonet, nos paucis dona canamus,
Munera nos Christi, bella Maro resonet.
Carmina casta mihi, fœdæ non raptus Helenæ;
Luxus erit lubricis, carmina casta mihi.
Dona superna loquar, miserre non prælia Trojæ,
Terra quibus gaudet, dona superna loquar.
En Deus altus adit venerandoe Virginis alvum!
Liberet ut homines, en Deus altus adit!
Fœemina Virgo parit mundi devota parentem,
Porta Maria Dei, fœmina Virgo parit.