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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Pen Portrait and Characteristics of St. Mungo


JOCELIN describes him as of full medium height, with fine features graceful in form, gentle and kindly in manner. He wore a shirt of hair next his body, and over it a garment of goatskjn. He also wore a narrow hood, an alb, and stole. His episcopal staff was of simple wood, devoid of ornament and his Manual Book was almost ever in his hand. He was slow, emphatic, and impressive in his speech, and it is stated that when he was at the altar his hearers frequently saw a white dove hovering over his head, while at other times a halo or nimbus encircled it. When he first came to Glasgow his abode was a cell on the banks of the Molendinar, and his couch was of stone in the form of a coffin. His food consisted chiefly of bread, and his drink of milk; and of even these he partook but sparingly, as he broke his fast once only every two or three days, while from flesh, wine, and all intoxicants he rigorously abstained.

"He would rise from his not too luxurious couch in the middle of the night, and rush, in all weathers, into the Molendinar, where he would remain until he had chanted or sung the whole of the hundred and fifty Psalms of David. When he had finished he would lay himself down on a stone on the hillside to dry. During Lent he would disappear from among his followers, and under pain of his malediction he forbade their endeavouring to find out where he went or what he did during that time. The people surmised, however, from some sermons he preached to them, that he be-took himself to the woods, spent his time in devotion, living upon roots and whatever he could get around him. On Maundy Thursday lie returned to his cell, on Good Friday he was crucified in spirit with Christ, on Saturday he spent the day in dejection and prayer, and on Easter Sunday he was hilariously joyful."


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