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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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V.
NERO AND HIS LOVE.
WHEN Paul had dwelt two years in Rome, the de-
cision in his case came at last. The tribunal of
Caesar had investigated all the points of complaints
against him, and found them all groundless. Paul was
free.
He had often spoken with Peter, of travels in the re-
mote West—of the duty that seemed to rest upon them,
to carry the glad tidings to the farthest limits of the
known world. Now that his chains had fallen, the apostles
agreed to gird their loins and depart, Peter to Aquitania,
Paul to Hispania. Peter appointed Linus superintend-
ent of the Roman congregation. A parting feast of
love was held at Pudens’ house ; and accompanied by
the blessings of their brethren and sisters, they took
staff in hand, and set forth.
A large brotherhood, strong in the faith, and guarded
by good shepherds, they left behind them—they did not
know to what a fate.
The same day that Peter and Paul departed, by the
Ostian gate, Nero sat in a wing of Caligula’s palace on
the Palatine, talking with his architect, Celer.
Celer was an artist after the emperor’s taste. We do
not know, if he had an eye for the grand and chaste, in
the art of Hellas ; but a sense of the pleasing, the piquant

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