Here followeth the Life of S. Anastasia.
S. Anastasia was daughter to a gentleman of the Romans, but
he was a paynim. Her mother, which was christian, was taught and informed in
the faith by S. Chrysogony. The foresaid S. Anastasia was married unto a paynim
named Publius, but she feigned her always to be sick, in such wise that she
came not in his company. She went visiting the christian prisoners that were in
diverse prisons, in poverty and foul clothing, and she administered to them
such things as they needed, of her good. And therefore, her husband made her to
be straitly kept, i again for S. Anastasia, and did do burn her the year of the
incarnation of our Lord two hundred and four score, and made the others to die
by divers torments; among whom there was one from whom was taken much good, and
alway she said: At the last ye may not take from me Jesu Christ. Apollonia,
which was a christian woman, toke the body of S. Anastasia, and buried it in
her garden, and there did do make a fair church. Let us pray then unto Almighty
God, that by the prayers and merits of S. Anastasia we may come unto his
everlasting bliss. Amen.