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D. 735. A most interesting account of his last illness is given by Cuthbert, his scholar and biographer. " Write it quickly, then," said the dying saint; and summoning all his strength for this last flash of the expiring lamp, he dictated the holy words. When told that the work was finished, he answered, "Thou sayest well. " He then requested to be taken up, and placed in that part of his cell where he was wont to kneel at his private devotions; so that, as he said, he might while sitting there call upon his Father.
The great work first effected by the exiled Tyndale some twenty-five years before, during his banishment in Europe, was now ably revised by another exiled scholar, and again introduced into England when every port seemed to be shut against it. This was the celebrated "Geneva Testament," which is a reprint of Tyndale's, after carefully comparing it once more with the Page 48 Greek original, and various translations in other tongues, and making many decided improvements, forming by far the best form of the English version, which had till then appeared.
Returning from Cambridge to his native county, he spent nearly two years in the manor-house of Little Sodbury, as tutor to the children of Sir John Walsh. On the Sabbath he preached in the neighboring parishes, and especially at St. Austin's Green, in Bristol. At Sir John's hospitable board, the mitred abbots, and other ecclesiastics who swarmed in that neighborhood, were frequent guests; and Tyndale sharply and constantly disputed their mean superstitions. At the first, Sir John and his lady Anne took the part of the "abbots, deans, archdeacons, with divers other doctors and great-beneficed men;" but after reading Page 22 a translation of Erasmus's ''Christian Soldier's Manual," which Tyndale made for them, they took his part.