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ROMAN TRADITIONS OF PETER AND PA UL. 2 1
5
which this garden of delight is filled. After he had de-
parted, there sprang up from the ground his tears had
watered, a vine, which grew with miraculous swiftness,
and bore the first of the grapes that yielded the juice in
Paul’s beaker.
’•
I have my own thoughts about that youth," said
the silver-haired host. " A god has honored the neigh-
borhood of my hut with his presence. He was Dionysus,
giver of the grape, son of the supreme god."
" I think with you,*’ said the soldier, Paul’s guard,
and emptied his goblet.
" Yes, a god’s son he assuredly was," replied Paul,
" and a noble, life-giving wine has he bestowed on us, in
the cup in which grace has been given me to drink, in
memory of him."
" You know him then, you also ?
"
"Yes, even to me, he has appeared. On earth he
was not, however, called Dionysus, but Jesus of Naza-
reth."
" He did indeed so name himself," cried the old man,
and passed a hand over his forehead, as if to revive a
half effaced recollection.
" Will you hear more of Him ? " asked the apostle.
" Yes, tell us all that you know !
"
And Paul spoke. He was speaking still, when the sun
sank behind Ischia, and flooded the sea and its hovering
sails with the purple of evening. The people of the house
had gathered around him. Before him sat the host’s
daughter, devoutly listening, with her hands in her lap.
It grew dark, the lamp was lighted, and still he spoke.
Before he next morning departed, he had baptized
them all, even the soldier that followed him, in the name
of Christ.

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