. . . [The scribes] speed quickly on their holy task. But the countenance of the venerable author is visibly changing; death is casting its shadows over the pale features of Bede. The good work is not yet finished; the last chapter in the Gospel of St. John yet remains in the original language. The busy pens have ceased, waiting for the dictation of Bede; but beneath the serene countenance, life and death are struggling for the mastery; no voice is heard, and the spirit of genius seems about to quietly slip away. One of the scribes whispers, “Dearest master, there is still another chapter wanting; will the trouble be too great to proceed?” A new spirit is given to the man of letters. “Trouble! it is none.” said he; “Take your pen, prepare your parchment, and write fast.”
To be continued on Monday.