The Nobleman In The Tyrol

November 20, 2014

During the seventeenth century a nobleman was dying at Innsbruck, in the Tyrol. A great number of his friends and relations had assembled round his death-bed to wait for the end which they saw approaching.

deathbed

Whilst they were there, the physician gave him a very bitter medicine to drink, and, to encourage him to take it and to lessen the nausea it would cause, he asked him to drink it in memory of the person he loved most.

The Agony in the Garden by Garofalo.

The Agony in the Garden by Garofalo.

The dying man looked around him from one to the other in silence; then, fixing his eyes on a picture hanging on the wall, representing Jesus in the Garden of Olives, he said: “Ah, it is for Thee, my most beloved Friend, that I drink this bitter cup Thee Who for my salvation didst drink the bitter chalice Thy Heavenly Father sent Thee, even to the dregs.”

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The Catechism in Examples Vol. 5, Pg. 53 by Rev. D. Chisholm

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 439

 

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