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III. From an Epistle to Origen.12361236    In Euseb., Hist. Eccles., ch. xiv.

For this, as thou knowest, was the will of God, that the friendship subsisting between us from our forefathers should be maintained unbroken, yea rather, that it should increase in fervency and strength. For we are well acquainted with those blessed fathers who have trodden the course before us, and to whom we too shall soon go: Pantænus, namely, that man verily blessed, my master; and also the holy Clement, who was once my master and my benefactor; and all the rest who may be like them, by whose means also I have come to know thee, my lord and brother, who excellest all.12371237    [This contemporary tribute confirms the enthusiastic eulogy of the youthful Gregory. See p. 38, supra.]

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