Gesta Romanorum Vol. I (1871)/Of the Precaution necessary to prevent Error

Gesta Romanorum Vol. I  (1871) 
Anonymous, translated by Charles Swan
Of the Precaution necessary to prevent Error

TALE XXXVIII.

OF THE PRECAUTION NECESSARY TO PREVENT ERROR.

In the reign of the emperor Henry II., a certain city was besieged by its enemies. Before they had reached its walls, a dove alighted in the city, around whose neck a letter was suspended which bore the following inscription. "The generation of dogs is at hand; it will prove a quarrelsome breed; procure aid, and defend yourselves resolutely against it."


APPLICATION.

My beloved, the dove is the Holy Spirit, which thus descended on Christ.