was a destroyer of men, two hundred and eighty-six years after Christ’s incarnation; and he reigned twenty years,
One of these was Alban, the noble martyr, who was likewise killed in that persecution for Christ’s faith, even as
we shall tell you here.
In those days came the murderous persecution to England from the wicked emperor, and the murderers seized
house, and there lay hid from his fierce persecutors, and Alban received him, though he was not baptized. Then
began the priest, forasmuch as he loved God, to sing his offices, and fast strictly, and day and night to praise his
Lord, and meanwhile to teach the true faith to the honorable Alban, until he believed in the true God, and
renounced heathenism, and became verily a Christian, and exceeding full of faith. Then the priest dwelt with the
commanded him to be fetched before him speedily.
Then came the messengers to Alban’s house, but Alban went out unto the persecutors with the priest’s cloak, as if
he were he, and would not betray him to the wicked persecutors. He was therefore bound, and brought
Then became the judge fiendishly angry, as soon as he beheld the steadfast martyr, because he had received the
said that he himself should receive the heavy punishment which he had meant for the priest if he could have
taken him, unless he quickly submitted to his shameful gods; but Alban was not affrighted by his fiendly threats,
nor bow down to his idolatry.
answered the wicked man thus: ‘what concerneth it thee, of what family I may be? But if thou desire to hear the
truth, I tell thee quickly that I am a Christian, and will ever worship Christ.’
The judge said to him: ‘Tell me thy name, without any delay, now that I thus ask.’ The champion of God said to
the murderer thus, ‘I am called Albanus, and I believe in the Savior, who is the true God, and made all creatures;
to Him I pray, and Him I will ever worship.’
delay to sacrifice to the great gods, with full submission.’ Alban answered him: ‘Your sacrifices to the gods, which
punishments in the wide-reaching hell.’
Lo! Then the judge became fiendishly irate, and commanded men to scourge the holy martyr, weening that he
was strengthened by God, and bore the scourging exceeding patiently, and with glad mind thanked God for it.
Then the judge perceived that he could not overcome the holy man by the severe tortures, nor turns him from
Christ, and commanded them to kill him by decapitation, for the Savior’s name. Then the heathen did as the
judge commanded them, and led the Saint unto his beheading; but they were delayed a long while at a bridge,
the martyr, and went with him. So then it fell out that the unbelieving judge sat unfed in the town until evening,
without any attendance, fasting against his will.
up to heaven, praying to the Savior and the stream thereupon dried up before him, and made a broad way for
him, even as he had desired of God. Then the executioner, who was to kill him, was touched by that miracle, and
threw away his sword, and ran quickly, as soon as they had come over the stream, and fell at his feet with full
faith, desiring to die with him rather than slay him.
He was then united, with resolute faith, to the holy man whom he was to have beheaded; and the sword lay there
shining before them, and not one of them would readily slay him.
There was nigh at hand to the holy man a pleasant hill, adorned with plants, with all fairness, and with steep
slope. Then went Alban quickly thither, and straightway prayed to God that He would give him water upon the
hill, and He did so. Then ran the
well-spring at Alban’s feet, those men might understand his power with God, when the stream ran from the steep
and with true faith; but his slayer might not live in full health, because that both his eyes burst out of him, and fell
to the earth with Alban’s head, that he might understand whom he had killed.
They beheaded afterward the faithful soldier who would not behead the holy man, and he lay beside Alban,
believing in God, baptized with his blood, and departed to Heaven.
and how he was blinded who had beheaded him, then he bade them stay the persecution, and spake reverently
of the holy martyrs, whom he could not turn from God’s faith by the terrible torments.
throughout England, killed by tortures for Christ’s faith, and they departed victoriously to the true life. Then the
persecution ceased, and the Christians came out of the woods, and out of the wastes, where they had been
hidden, and went amongst men, and restored Christianity, and repaired churches that were wholly ruined, and