The Martyr’s Courage

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burned at stakeJerome of Prague was a Christian martyr. He was sentenced to be burnt to death. He was fastened to the stake. The wood was piled up around him, and the executioner was going behind him to set fire to the pile.

“Come here,” said the brave martyr, “and kindle the fire before my eyes. I am not afraid to look upon it.”

As the fire blazed up, he began to sing a hymn, and kept on singing till the flames stopped him.

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