The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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wind, there arose one night on a sudden so violent a storm, that the ship was run aground, and part of what had been put aboard spoiled. However, all that belonged to Ecgberht and his companions was saved. Then he, saying, like the prophet, "This tempest has happened upon my account," laid aside the undertaking and stayed at home. However, Wicberht, one of his companions, being famous for his contempt of the world and for his knowledge, for he had lived many years a stranger in Ireland, leading an eremitical life in great purity, went aboard, and arriving in Friseland, preached the word of salvation for the space of two years successively to that nation and to its king, Rathbed; but reaped no fruit of all his great labour among his barbarous auditors. Returning then to the beloved place of his peregrination, he gave himself up to our Lord in his wonted repose, and since he could not be profitable to strangers by teaching them the faith, he took care to be the more useful to his own people by the example of his virtue.


CHAPTER X.
WILBLOD, PREACHING IN FRISELAND, CONVERTED MANY TO CHRIST;
HIS TWO COMPANIONS, THE HEWALDS, SUFFERED MARTYRDOM.

When the man of God, Ecgberht, perceived that neither he himself was permitted to preach to the Gentiles, being withheld, on account of some other advantage to the church, which had been foretold him by the Divine oracle; nor that Wicberht, when he went into those parts, had met with any success; he nevertheless still attempted to send some holy and industrious men to the work of the word, among whom was Wilbrod, a man eminent for merit and rank in the priesthood. They arrived there, twelve in

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