Capitulum vicesimum tertium.
VALERIANUS, wiþ his sone Galienus, regnede as it were*. [as it were] om. Cx.] fiftene ȝere; first he worshipped so holy seintes þat me trowede Page 87, vol.5 þat his hous was*. [was] hadde be, Cx.] Goddis owne chirche. But afterward he was apeyred by oon þat was a wicche,*. [wychche, γ.; wytche, Cx.] and bygan to hate the fey of Cristen men; þan he pursued*. [biganne to poursue, Cx.] Cristen men, and Goddes help was so bynome*. [bymone, Cx.] hym þat he was i-take of Sapor kyng of Pers, and his eyȝen*. [yen, γ.; eyen, Cx.] were y-put out; he was i-holde in a dis|pitous bondage to his lifes*. [lyves, α.] ende, so þat he schulde stoupe to grounde, and þe kyng schulde sette his foot on his bak whanne he schulde lepe to horse. Aboute þat ȝere Decius, þat heet Galienus, were*. [werþ, α.; wax, Cx.] cruel*. [werþ cruwel, β.] and sterne*. [werþ cruwel and sturn, γ.]; and Paule þe firste heremyte wente into wildernesse and lyvede þere unknowe sixty ȝere to giders, as Ierom destroyeþ*. [descryveþ, α.; discreveþ, β.; wryteth, Cx.] in vitis patrum. After Lucius, Stevene*. [Stephen, Cx.] was pope þre ȝere; he ordeyned*. [ordeygned, Cx.] þat mynystres of holy cherche schulde nouȝt were holy vesty|mentis in þe comyn use of every*. [everech, β.] day: þis Stevene was i-slawe while he seide his masse. Þe secounde Ciprianus was first a man of lawe, and a pleder,*. [pletar, Cx.] and aftirward a preost, and at þe laste he was bisshop of Cartage, and was i-martired þe same day þat Cornelius þe pope was i-martired, but nouȝt þe same ȝere. After þat Stevene was i-martired, Sixtus was*. [was] om. α.] pope Page 89, vol.5 two ȝere; he ordeyned þat me schulde synge a masse uppon an auȝter,*. [aulter, Cx.] and was aftirward i-martired wiþ Felicissimus and Agapitis*. [Agapit, α.; Agapitus, Cx.] in Decius his tyme; so seiþ martilogie,*. [þe martirlogi, γ.; the martiloge, Cx.] þat is more to trowynge*. [better to byleve, Cx.] þan cronicles*. [cronykes, α., γ., and Cx.] of auctours þat beeþ*. [buþ, γ.] nouȝt i-knowe; for Galienus þe emperour heet Decius also. Þis Sextus wente into Spayne in a tyme, and fonde þere tweye ȝongelynges, Vincent and Laurence, þat were his owne cosyns, and*. [were, added in Cx.] wel i-þewed,*. [and manerd, Cx.] and*. [and] he, Cx.] took heed of hem, and brouȝte hem wiþ hym to Rome, and Laurence abood wiþ hym at Rome, and Vyncent wente aȝen into Spayne, and was y-martyred aftirward in Dacianus þe juges tyme. Aftir þat Sixtus*. [Sextus, α.] was i-martired, Denys, a monk, was pope sixe ȝere; he to deled parisches*. [parsches, γ.; departed paryshes, Cx.] and chirche hawes,*. [heyes, β.; yerdes, Cx.; church|heyes, γ.] and assigned to everich*. [parysse, added in Cx.] a preost. After Denys, Felix was pope foure ȝere. Eugenia, Prothus, and Iacinctus were i-martired at Rome þat tyme. Gre|gorye Nauȝanȝenus was in his floures in Grees*. [in Grees] om. Cx.]; he was bis|shop at Constantynenoble.*. [in Grece, added in Cx.] Tweie breþeren germayns stryve*. [strofe, Cx.]Page 91, vol.5 for a pond þat hadde plente of fische, and by his prayers he made þe ponde*. [poond, γ.] wexe drye,*. [the pond waxed drye, Cx.] and bere corne and fruyt. Also a chirche schulde be bulde*. [buylded, Cx.] in a place, but þe place was to scars*. [to scarce, Cx.] and to narowe, for in þe est side was a greet rocke,*. [rooche, β. (bis); rooch, γ. (bis).] and a greet ryver in þe west side, and Gregorie prayde in a nyȝt, and amorwe*. [on the morn, Cx.] it was i-founde þat þe roche*. [rooche, β. (bis); rooch, γ. (bis).] was wiþdrawe as fer as it nedede,*. [neodede, γ.] and so þere was a place large inowe*. [ynough, Cx.] for to make and bulde*. [buylde, γ.] a chirche. Also in anoþer tyme in þe wynter he passede by*. [by] the, Cx.] Alpes, and he moste wende by Appolyn his temple. But whan he was a goo fro þe temple þe preost of þe temple, þat was y-woned*. [y-wond, γ.; wont, Cx.] to gete moche good by answeres*. [answhers, γ.] þat þe mamette ȝaf,*. [but he, inserted in β.] myȝte tho non answere gete.*. [myȝte. . .gete] gate no more, for the mawmet gaf none answer, Cx.] Also þe same*. [also þe same] and the, Cx.] preost offrede sacrifice besiliche,*. [bysylych, γ.; bysyly, Cx.] and it was i-seide hym in his sleepe þat Appollo Delphicus was i-put out in*. [in] by, Cx.] þe comynge of Gregorie, and þat he myȝte not come aȝen wiþ oute leve of Gregorie. Whan þe preost hirde*. [hurde, γ.] þat, anon he wente to Page 93, vol.5 Gregorie, and purchasede a lettre of hym in þese wordes: "Gregorie sendeþ gretynge to Appolyn: I suffre þe to torne aȝe in to þy place, and doo as þou were i-woned*. [wont, β.] to doo." Þis lettre was i-sette up [in Appolyn his temple],*. [From α., β., γ., and Cx.] and Ap|polyn ȝaf answeris as he was i-woned to doo.*. [to doo] om. γ.] Whanne þe preost sigh þat, he wente to Gregorye, and prayde hym þat he wolde make hym a Cristen man; and at þe laste whan Gregorie was deed, he was bisshop after hym. Claudius þe secounde regnede oon ȝere and somwhat of monthes; ones he overcom þe Gothes, and deyde; aftir hym his broþer Quin|tilius regnede by assent of knyȝtes, and was y-slawe þė fifteþe*. [xv., Cx.] day in Aquila.*. [Aquilia, α. and β.] After þat Phelix*. [Felix, α.; Felyx, Cx.] þe pope was [y]*. [From α.]-martired, Euticianus was pope sixe ȝere; he ordeynede þat þe firste fruytes*. [furste fruyt, γ.] schulde be i-blessed uppon an*. [an] the, Cx.] auter; also he buried*. [biryed, β.] þre hondred martires and sixty wiþ his owne honde.