Rage fires the fiend, who whilome Eve betrayed,
While shouting angels hail the glorious maid.
See! wedded to her God, what joy remains,
In earth, or heaven, see! with her God she reigns!
Behold! the spouse, the festal torches shine,
He comes! behold! what joyful gifts are thine!
Thou a new song on the sweet harp shalt sing,
A hymn of praise to thy celestial King.
None from the flock of the thron'd Lamb shall move,
Whom grateful passion bind, and heavenly love.
BISHOP THEODORE MADE PEACE BETWEEN THE KINGS ECGFRID
In the ninth year of the reign of King Ecgfrid, a great battle was fought between him and Ethilred, king of the Mercians, near the river Trent, and Elfwin, brother to King Ecgfrid, was slain, being a youth about eighteen years of age, and much beloved by both provinces, for King Ethilred had married his sister Ostrich. There was now reason to expect a more bloody war, and more lasting enmity between those kings and their fierce nations; but Theodore, the bishop beloved of God, relying on the Divine assistance, by his wholesome admonitions extinguished the dangerous fire that was breaking out; so that the kings and their people on both sides being appeased, no man was put to death, but only the usual mulct paid to the king for his brother that had been killed; and this peace continued long after between those kings and their kingdoms.