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Life of Antony. Section 41. And since I have become a fool in detailing these thingsà

41. And since I have become a fool in detailing these things, receive this also as an aid to your safety and fearlessness; and believe me for I do not lie. Once some one knocked at the door of my cell, and going forth I saw one who seemed of great size and tall. Then when I enquired, |Who art thou?| he said, |I am Satan.| Then when I said, |Why art thou here?| he answered, |Why do the monks and all other Christians blame me undeservedly? Why do they curse me hourly?| Then I answered, |Wherefore dost thou trouble them?| He said, |I am not he who troubles them, but they trouble themselves, for I am become weak. Have they not read ,| |The swords of the enemy have come to an end, and thou hast destroyed the cities?| |I have no longer a place, a weapon, a city. The Christians are spread everywhere, and at length even the desert is filled with monks. Let them take heed to themselves, and let them not curse me undeservedly.| Then I marvelled at the grace of the Lord, and said to him: |Thou who art ever a liar and never speakest the truth, this at length, even against thy will, thou hast truly spoken. For the coming of Christ hath made thee weak, and He hath cast thee down and stripped thee.| But he having heard the Saviour's name, and not being able to bear the burning from it, vanished.'

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