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Excerpts from: A Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus

translated by John Skinner

I am Patrick; I am established here in Ireland where I profess myself bishop. I am certain in my heart that all that I am, I have received from God... ...I speak out too for love of my neighbors who are my only sons; for them I gave up my home country, my parents and even pushing my own life to the brink of death... ...I myself have composed and written these words with my own hand, so that they can be given and handed over, then sent swiftly to the soldiers of Coroticus... ...The very next day after my new converts, dressed all in white, were anointed with chrism, even as it was still gleaming upon their foreheads, they were cruelly cut down and killed... ...At once I sent a good priest with a letter... ...Yet all they did was to laugh in our faces at the mere mention of their prisoners. Because of all this, I am at a loss to know whether to weep more for those they killed or those that are captured: or indeed for these men themselves...(20)

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