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and a half okL Her death was nol withont particular signes of mncb holinesse in ber and of Gods speciali favours to her; whereby he evidently declared that she was a precions gnifl bestowed by him on her parents as an «vident reward of
their faith and devotion. Abont a moneth after her death there was a glorioos

lightseendeery toshine over hergrave, and this was seen by all or most of her
fathers familie, who were c&led to behold it It was also very remarkable -that as

she drew neerer and neere r her end, the mirenlons picture in the stone above mentioned began also by little and little to decay and vanish: so as that when she
was dead, the ezpression was wholely ont of it

Though God thus timely deprived the parents of this holy childe, whome in
her nativity he seemed to have marked out for a future religious person of some eminent notet yet insteed of this one, he hath been pleased to bestow on them *m*. three other devoute virgins,whome he hath so benignely prevented* with celestiall

preveventedQiat though they remayned in the worid to the fulnesse of their youthfull
age as destitute of that common meanes (educaUon in religious howses beyoud seaes) whereby most other virgins of our nation are induced to a religious voca* tion, yet having all along trampled under their foet the seeming contents and pleasures of this world, and being violently (though most sweetly) drawne by the divine Spirite, they all in fine found sufficient meanes (maugre the crossnesse of adverse fortune) to embrace a holy course of life in religious institues. Such are the benedictions that God doth bestow on those parents who with a firm faith and devotion begg children of him, and on others who in their spirituali or tempo¬ rali exigences devoutely and hnmbly pray for his assblance.

XIV.— An. 1620. — Matrona surda auditum recipit applicando auribus suis muscum ex fonte S. Wenefredae aqua ejusdem fontis
madefactum.

*ita m*. About the yeare 1620 Mn Talbott of Grafton, sister to the Lord Winsor sister*, having lost her hearingso that she could not heare at all unlesse one spoke very loud, and finding no other meanes avayleable, she determined to go to S* Wene¬ frides Well in pilgrimage, to cravfe by the intercession of that B* Saint that it might please allmighty God to restore her againe to her hearing. Wherefore she went thither in August the yeare above mentioned: where shee performed her devotions according to the accustomed manuer, by goiag severall times into the waters, saipg many prayers, bestowing almes amongst the poore, etc. And though at that time she perceaved not any greate alteration in herself, yet coming home she made severall stoppells of some of the mosse of the Holywdl (which she brought along with her, as also some of the water in a little bottle) binding it in smale pieces of lumen and steepiag it in the Holywell water, applyed it now aud then to her «ares, and in ashort time by the merittes of Bd S* Wenefride (as we may piously beleeve) she recovered her hearing aspeffeetty a»evershfr- K*td H before. In soe much that a virtuous gentlewoman, who had seen and spoken with

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