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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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26o ROMAN DAYS.
And he shook from his knees the arms of his weeping
daughter, forbade her to follow him, and went forth.
The same evening, they found him upon the Ardea-
tine Way, a little space from the grave of his wife—
a
sword through his heart.
After Picerna had seen him again, dead, she wandered
all night, like one mad, through the streets of Rome.
When she had for some time wandered unsteadily
around, without aim and without reflection, she stopped
and drew breath, at the door of an unknown house.
There within, a voice like that of one reading was
heard, and she caught the words
:
"Our Lord Christ saith : ’Come unto Me, all ye
that labor and are heavy laden ! See, my yoke is easy,
and my burden light
!

"
Picerna heard the words, but they lost themselves in
her bewildered brain. She wandered on. The morning
dawned ; and chance brought her again to the same door.
Again she heard the same voice, which said :
" The Lord
Jesus Christ hath a cure for ailing hearts. He raiseth the
fallen, and forgiveth sinners."
Now, the street was filled with the sound of arms and
the noise of hoofs. Nero, who was returning from an ex-
cursion to the Alban mountains, rode by, with a brilliant
train. He saw Picerna, reined in his horse, stretched out
his arms, and cried :
" My love !
"
At that moment, too, the door of the unknown house
opened, and on its threshold stood Paul.
The girl looked at him, and looked at Nero. She
seemed to waver—until she hastily turned to the stranger
Jew, and said :
*’
Is it thou who knowest him that hath cure for

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