The Canterbury Tales: The Second Nun's Tale
by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales: The Second Nun's Tale Lines 183-217 Summary
- Valerian goes to the Via Appia, and just as he was taught by his learning, he finds the holy Urban among the saints' catacombs.
- Without delay, he tells Urban his message, and Urban clasps Valerian's two hands in joy.
- He lets the tears fall from his eyes.
- "Almighty lord, O Jesus Christ," Urban says. "Sower of chaste counsel, shepherd of us all, take this fruit of the seed of chastity that you have sown in Cecilia."
- "Like a busy bee, without guild, your servant Cecilia always serves you! For this spouse that she took just now as fierce as a lion, she sends here, as meek as a lamb, to you."
- With these words, there appears an old man dressed in white clothes, carrying in his hands a book with letters of gold. He stands before Valerian.
- In fear, Valerian falls down as if dead when he sees the man in white.
- The man raises him up, and Valerian begins to read from his book:
- "O lord, O faith, O God without any others; O Christianity, and father of all, above all, and over all, everywhere."
- These words are written in gold.
- When this is read, then the old man says, "Do you believe this? Do you say yes or no?"
- "I believe all of this," says Valerian, "For no man under heaven may think a truer thing than this, I do declare."
- Then the old man vanishes, to where, Valerian does not know.
- Pope Urban baptizes Valerian right there.
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