How Venerable Bennet prophecied to King Totilas, and also to the Bishop of Camisina, such things as were afterward to fall out.
Then Totilas himself in person went unto the man of God; and seeing him
afar off, he durst not come near, but fell down to the ground: whom the
holy man (speaking to him twice or thrice) desired to rise up and at
came unto him, and with his own hands lifted him up from the earth, where
he lay prostrate: and then, entering into talk, he reprehended him for his
wicked deeds, and in few words told him all that which should befall
him, saying: "Much wickedness do you daily commit, and many great sins
done: now at length give over your sinful life. Into the city of Rome
you enter, and over the sea shall you pass: nine years shall you reign,
in the tenth shall you leave this mortal life." The king, hearing
these things, was wonderfully afraid, and desiring the holy man to commend
God in his prayers, he departed: and from that time forward he was nothing
so cruel as before he had been. Not long after he went to Rome, sailed
into Sicily, and, in the tenth year of his reign, he lost his kingdom
with his life.
The Bishop also of Camisina used to visit the servant of God, whom the
The Bishop also of Camisina used to visit the servant of God, whom the holyman dearly loved for his virtuous life. The Bishop, therefore, talking with him of King Totilas, of his taking of Rome, and the destruction of that city, said: "This city will be so spoiled and ruined by him, that it will never be more inhabited." To whom the man of God answered: "Rome," quoth he, "shall not be utterly destroyed by strangers: but shall be so shaken with tempests, lightnings, whirlwinds, and earthquakes, that it will fall to decay of itself." The mysteries of which prophecy we now behold as clear as the day: for we see before our eyes in this very city, by a strange whirlwind the world shaken, houses ruined, and churches overthrown, and buildings rotten with old age we behold daily to fall down. True it is that Honoratus, by whose relation I had this, saith not that he received it from his own mouth, but that he had it of other monks, which did hear it themselves.